The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports that Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped .2% to 10.5% last month.  Because of a number of temporary census jobs that started in May ended last month (jobs I ignored in May because of their temporary nature), Ohio technically shows a net job loss.  However, if you factor out the temporary census jobs, you’ll see that private sector hiring accelerated from May.

Yesterday, John Kasich campaigned with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Dayton.  Kasich brashly said (with no plan of his own):

Kasich, a former Columbus-area U.S. House member, used his stop at Sinclair Community College on Thursday, July 15, to paint Strickland and his allies as incapable of digging Ohio out of the tough times and restoring the state to manufacturing greatness.

“They don’t have a clue. They don’t know how business works. They’ve been all politics all the time,” said Kasich, accompanied by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and state Auditor Mary Taylor, Kasich’s lieutenant governor running mate.

Not a clue, huh?

Then maybe John Kasich should explain how Ohio added more jobs in manufacturing than any other sector of the labor market over the past twelve years?  The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows that for the past year, our slow recovery from the Great Lehman Brothers recession has been driven largely by a resurgence of manufacturing in Ohio.  No other labor market (yes, including government and census workers) has seen more jobs created than in the manufacturing sector in the past year.

Does Ted Strickland deserve credit for it?  What say you, Eric Burkland, President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association?

Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, told [Joe Hallett] recently that Strickland has helped position Ohio for better days: “We’ve got a tax structure right now that beats anybody,” he said.”For the state level, we have the best tax structure for an export-oriented, goods-producing state in the country.”” [Columbus Dispatch 1/10/2010]

Just in case you were curious, here’s where the Ohio Department Job and Family Services says we’ve been seeing gains:

Gains were posted in leisure and hospitality (+4,500), financial activities (+2,000), professional and business services (+1,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,200), and other services (+200). Goods-producing industries, at 810,100, advanced 400. An increase in nondurable goods exceeded a reduction in durable goods to add 300 jobs to manufacturing. Construction gained 200, while mining and logging slipped 100.

Nationally, we’ve seen over a 600k jobs created this year, but we’re still nearly 8 million jobs below where we were when this recession started in December 2007.  We’re recovering, but we’re crawling up a steep and very deep hole.

John Kasich and Newt Gingrich continue their greatest hits of playing the Washington blame game, it’s all they have to offer.  Despite an election that is three and half months away, John Kasich is no closer to showing that he has the slightest clue what he’d do as Governor, despite running for the office for over three years.

John Kasich’s tax plan would hurt community colleges like Sinclair where he spoke with Newt Gingrich who praised the hi-tech programs at the school.  Programs that will become less affordable, less available, and potentially sacrificed altogether at the altar of Kasich’s reckless tax repeals.

Without Ted Strickland to blame for everything, John Kasich has nothing to offer the people of Ohio as Governor.  He has no real plans except an unworkable tax plan that will bankrupt our State, hurt our communities, and strangle education and public safety.