John Kasich has been running around the state telling anyone who’d listen that Ohio was “the No. 1 job creator in America in February”. He said it so many times that Polifact decided to verify his claim.
It turns out Kasich was right.
According to a news release by the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), for the month of February, 2012 “the largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in Ohio (+28,300)”.
Great Job, Governor. We were number one in February. But oh what a difference a month makes.
According to the BLS report that came out today, March wasn’t so good. As a matter of fact “the largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-9,500).”
So we’ve gone from #1 to #50 in one short month? Great Job, Governor?
Kasich was happy to run around telling everyone he met – including national audiences on Fox and MSNBC – that his policies caused the increase in hiring in February. On a recent MSNBC appearance, John Kasich directly attributed the great numbers in February to the fact that he personally “created an atmosphere for job growth”.
In one month we’ve dropped from the top of the list to the bottom. So now what? Anyone think Kasich will be scheduling Fox News appearances this month to talk up his success?
It’s possible Kasich will just ignore last month’s numbers and switch to quoting year-over-year numbers or some other variation that actually makes him look successful. But I really wouldn’t be surprised if Kasich actually KEEPS quoting the February numbers while completely ignoring the March numbers. That seems more like his style.
Realistically, we all know the impact a Governor and his policies can have on the state’s economy over the short term is pretty minimal, but Kasich had no problem running off his mouth and taking credit for the great numbers in February, and now that the March numbers are out, and the state has gone from number one to number 50, it will be interesting to see how Kasich handles it.
My prediction: poorly, as usual.