The State’s January unemployment numbers just came out, and it’s all incredibly good news:

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in January, down from the revised 9.5 percent in December, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 31,900 over the month, from the revised 5,034,200 in December to 5,066,100 in January.

The number of unemployed has decreased by 75,000 in the past 12 months from 626,000.  The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.6 percent in January 2010.

Over the course of the past year, Ohio “somehow” figured out a way to reduce its unemployment by 1.2% and create tens of thousands of new jobs in a month (all in the private sector, the government sector actually dragged the number of net jobs created down due to continued job losses in that sector), even though Ohio:

  • Still had the Ohio Department of Development;
  • Still paid the prevailing wage in public construction contracts;
  • Didn’t have RobsOhio;
  • Still allowed for robust collective bargaining; and
  • Still had an income and estate tax.

Gee, you don’t think these things have been quite the impediment to job growth that Kasich claimed they were, do you?

There’s nothing that John Kasich did in January that his Administration could say had any meaningful contribution to January’s jobs report.  This was nothing more than a continuation of the same economic recovery a lazy political media allowed John Kasich and the RGA to convince Ohioans, largely unchallenged, was not actually occurring last year.  We’ve now seen unemployment in Ohio drop for eleven consecutive months.  You’d have to go back to mid-1986 through 1987 to see something similar occurring in Ohio.

We gained nearly 32,000 jobs in January.  And we didn’t need John Kasich’s radical economic prescription to do it.  All Kasich can do is upset that recovery by creating uncertainty and labor strife.   And he’s been doing that in spades, lately.

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