This is from the press release from the Governor’s official office, not the campaign:

“Ohio unemployment rates have declined for four months in a row and the private sector created 10,500 Ohio jobs in July.  That’s a clear sign businesses are investing in Ohio.  In recent months we’ve seen growth again because in recent years we have lowered taxes, cut red tape and invested in the industries creating jobs that are hard to outsource. 

“A recent study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank shows that over the last three months Ohio has the sixth-fastest growing economy.  We have a long way to go, but Ohio is moving in the right direction,” Strickland said.

I went back and corrected my prior post.  Ohio has actually seen the unemployment rate drop for four straight months.  Also, private sector hiring actually advanced some in July as Strickland notes that 10,500 private sector jobs were created in July, slightly more than in June.

Ohio’s economy is emerging from this recovery under an economic transformation where the service industry jobs that were created in the 1990s seem to be being replaced with a growth in manufacturing jobs that we haven’t seen in, well, a very long time.

For the first time in a long time, we have an unemployment rate below where we were from a year prior.

Some folks for no other reason than for partisan political reasons are going to try to downplay this report, but you cannot ignore the growing body of data.

Ohio is the sixth-fastest growing economy in the nation.  Our manufacturing and overall private sector labor markets continue to grow.  We are in recovery and we’re going to come out of this stronger than before.

It’s time to start believing in Ohio, again.