In light of today’s disappoint June jobs report in which the State of Ohio saw for the first time in twenty-two months its unemployment rate go up, I thought I search to see if there was any indication that we should expect July’s jobs report (which we’ll get roughly a month from now) will be any better.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Department of Labor released its data for new unemployment claims for the week of July 9th.  Here’s what the AP reported said:

The Labor Department said Thursday that Ohio had the nation’s fifth largest increase in applications for unemployment benefits during the week that ended July 9. Sign-ups went up by more than 5,800 in the state due to layoffs in the auto industry and manufacturing.

Last week, claims rose nationwide by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000. Applications have topped 400,000 for 15 straight weeks, a sign of sluggish hiring.

Consumers have pulled back on spending this year, besieged by high unemployment, stagnant wages, and high gas prices. That has slowed the economy’s growth.

Again, we see that Ohio’s manufacturing sector (which had been leading Ohio in many way in job growth during the Strickland recovery) is now taking it on the chin.

I’m still trying to find out how Ohio could rank only fifth largest increase in new unemployment claims, and yet constitute 58% of all the new claims total.  So I went to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website and got this explanation:

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 9 were in New York (+20,599), Minnesota (+9,681), Michigan (+9,030), Florida (+7,544), and Ohio (+5,839) while the largest decreases were in California (-15,751), New Jersey (-7,486), Massachusetts (-3,008), Illinois (-1,399), and Connecticut (-1,316).

Because California and other States saw larger drops in their claims, we’re still fifth even though we account for 58% of the net increase in claims nationwide.  Super.  And Minnesota only made the list due to the state government shutdown going on at the time that has now since been resolved.  (Note: On Monday, Kasich called Illinois a “god darn cess pool” according to Dispatch reporter Joe Vardon.  Illinois is leading the nation in largest drops in their claims.  Kasich really has a bad track record of picking economic winning States… see, Florida on the list, for example.)

 We’ve gone the entire workday now, and we’ve heard nothing from John Kasich about today’s jobs report.  Instead, his communication office is still tweeting and blogging about how great it is that Standard & Poor changed Ohio’s economic outlook from Negative to Stable, as if he had anything to do with it (he didn’t.)

But Kasich may have popped the champagne cork too soon.  The main reason the credit rating agencies improved Ohio’s economic outlook is that after fifteen straight months of dropping unemployment and twenty-two months in which it never rose, they became convinced that Ohio had a sustainable economic recovery.  BUT they all specifically warned that a slow down in the economy might lead them to return Ohio back to a negative outlook.

In other words, the credit rating agencies changed their rating simply because after two years, the economic data made it hard for them to continue to hold a negative outlook on it.  If Ohio continues to have jobs data like it did in June, however, they’ll have the evidence they need to justify why they kept it as a negative outlook as long as they did.

And let’s also keep in mind that Kasich’s “Jobs Budget” is balanced only so long as Ohio’s employment picture continue to improve.  If there’s a downturn, or a more than the Kasich Administration expected slow down in the recovery, then the Kasich’s budget develops a massive hold in it.

Ted Strickland left the State with a growing economy after the worse recession since the Great Depression and a nearly $1 billion surplus.  Kasich comes in and starts handing out massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Ohioans as the economy goes backslides into, potentially, another recession.

How much more genuflecting do we need to do to Kasich’s god-like “job creators” before they, you know, create jobs

Where are the jobs, Governor?

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  • John Kasich

    But we gave the job creators the tools to lower our costs and we have a government that moves at the speed of business.  Our reform budget will attract businesses to Ohio and convince those that are in our state to stay here because it’s a new day and a new way. I don’t need to listen to you wackadoodles and naysayers hiding in the shadows.

  • Anonymous

    For a second there, you almost fooled me.  Good impression!

  • Like Kasich is actually responding to this. Ha Ha. You gave me a good laugh. We all know this isn’t the way. The fastest government is not always the best Government. Just as I tell my students the first one done usually is not the best one done.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty good but needs a bit more of a nasty edge and some fake folksiness.

  • wetsu

    Wackadoodles…

    That’s rich…

    Is that a biblical reference used against any unwashed who dare question the lunacy? Better you should spend your time generating the jobs you promised.  Moving at the speed of business…monkey business.  Next time you’re in Findlay (which seems like every week) use some taxpayer money to buy US some ice cream.  Better yet, go to Sandusky and get some Toft’s.

  • Anonymous

    Is that you, FREDDY?  No, even FREDDY would know that April Fools is over and Halloween hasn’t arrived.  Still, impersonating a scoundrel could draw some serious consequence if you aren’t careful.  Let us know the next time you are on Letterman.

  • Kasich’s budget will not be balanced.  He has ruined this state.  It will be a loooooong 31/2 more years.

  • mvirenicus

    ohio is a crap hole populated by retards.  doesn’t matter who governs it.

  • Comments sit in a queue until they are approved by a site admin.

    I’m not sure which post you are specifically talking about, but I don’t see any unpublished comments.

  • tshaw1

    Grover Norquist is calling John…. is needs a cut of your Casino money!!!!

  • tshaw1

    Grover Norquist is calling John…. is needs a cut of your Casino money!!!!

  • tshaw1

    Grover Norquist is calling John…. is needs a cut of your Casino money!!!!

  • tshaw1

    Grover Norquist is calling John…. is needs a cut of your Casino money!!!!

  • tshaw1

    Grover Norquist is calling John…. is needs a cut of your Casino money!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Given that Ohio saw twenty-two months where unemployment did not raise, of that fifteen consecutive months of dropping unemployment, then yes, there was a Strickland recovery.

    And it’s hard to ignore the Kasich budget’s role in the 7,000 government jobs lost in June, that is responsible for our unemployment rate going up.

    That’s not rhetoric; that’s a reality.
    Grow up.

  • Anonymous

    Would you like some cheese with your whine?  We don’t stay up all night waiting to approve the latest partisan assine comment by you.  Sorry.

    Do you need a bottle, crybaby?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    My My  you mean the pubs way of tax breaks for businesses isnt creating jobs–
    imagine this !  been going on for ten years and they created how many jobs ? How stupid do they think we all are ?
    and then they build new plants and take their business over seas
    There will be no comments from Kasichs team — you know they dont believe stats that do not support them
    Boehner says all the same crap must be in their  ” How to spread BS Handbook ”  this whole bunch seems delusional to me .

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    everyone asked about impeaching  the Ohio revised code says this and look at the date of it !!
    ((I posted on another article also to get this out there))
    3.07 Misconduct in office – forfeiture.
    Any person holding office in this state, or in any municipal corporation, county, or subdivision thereof, coming within the official classification in Section 38 of Article II, Ohio Constitution, who willfully and flagrantly exercises authority or power not authorized by law, refuses or willfully neglects to enforce the law or to perform any official duty imposed upon him by law, or is guilty of gross neglect of duty, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance is guilty of misconduct in office. Upon complaint and hearing in the manner provided for in sections 3.07 to 3.10, inclusive, of the Revised Code, such person shall have judgment of forfeiture of said office with all its emoluments entered thereon against him, creating thereby in said office a vacancy to be filled as prescribed by law. The proceedings provided for in such sections are in addition to impeachment and other methods of removal authorized by law, and such sections do not divest the governor or any other authority of the jurisdiction given in removal proceedings.Effective Date: 10-01-1953I think we should ask for this to be updated –send to your congress people and ask for it to be done — to include all of them and the governor. All we heard  was that the bargaining law was out dated –so is this law. AND we should get to vote on it as well !!!!

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