Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% in March to 8.6% in April as the State made a net gain of 8,600 jobs.  Over the past twelve months, Ohio has 67,000 new jobs.

Service-providing industries increased 9,800 over the month to 4,287,200. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+7,100) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,200). Other industries gaining jobs included government (+1,900), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+600). Leisure and hospitality (-2,900), educational and health services (-2,100), and other services (-100) experienced over-the-month losses. Goods-producing industries, at 809,300, were down 1,200 from March, driven by a loss in construction (-1,700). Manufacturing (+400) and mining and logging (+100) experienced slight growth.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment advanced 67,000. Service-providing industries added 55,400 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+21,400) and educational

and health services (+20,400). Leisure and hospitality (+10,000), other services (+4,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,900), and financial activities (+1,200) also experienced growth while government declined 6,300. Goods-producing industries increased 11,600 over the year. Manufacturing added 10,200 jobs, as a gain in durable goods (+14,100) exceeded a loss in nondurable goods (-3,900). Construction (+1,000) and mining and logging (+400) also increased from April 2010.

The last time Ohio’s unemployment rate was below the national rate was in… November 2010.  Before then, you’d have to go back to December 2002.

For the second straight month, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped by .3%, which would suggest that Ohio’s economic recovery is pretty strong and stable.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 509,000, down from 527,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 103,000 in the past 12 months from 612,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.4 percent in April 2010.

We’ve seen our unemployment rate drop 1.8% from twelve months ago when John Kasich was suggesting that not only was Ohio economy in recovery, but we were actually getting left further behind than the rest of the country, which was odd since the April ‘10 jobs report showed Ohio was leading the nation in new job creation.  Last month, Ohio’s unemployment rate had improved 1.6% from March 2010.  That, and the fact that new net job creation quadrupled in a month, suggests that Ohio’s economic recovery is strong, robust, and growing.

If Ohio’s unemployment continues to drop consistently over the next six months, then the Strickland Recovery will have beaten the Celeste Recovery of 1983-1984.  When the Strickland campaign said that Ohio was actually one of the fastest recovering States in the nation, they were telling the truth.  When the Kasich campaign called that claim a lie, they were lying. 

Anyone who looks at the unemployment data for Ohio cannot avoid this simple conclusion:  while Strickland was being hammered over the economy in a national recession that didn’t end until November 2009, he had positioned the State for a recovery that outpaced the rest of the nation.  That’s not coming from me, but from John Kasich’s own Director of the Office of Budget and Management.  Had the recession ended just a month or two sooner, Strickland probably would have been re-elected.

Also, since we know that the Kasich budget assumes a slower recovery than what we experienced last year, it’s beyond time to suggest that given Ohio’s better than expected revenue collection and strong jobs data, whether the Senate should adjust the economic assumptions of the budget so as to require less cuts than Kasich demands.  Because the worst thing the Republicans in Columbus could do is pass John Kasich’s job-killing budget that demand cuts Ohio’s economy simply cannot afford to pay for his future promise of tax cuts Ohio simply doesn’t need.

John Kasich’s entire election was obtained under a massive fraud about the state of Ohio’s economy.

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