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.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    He will go back to his “best in the Midwest” formulation, I predict. Year over year, Ohio is up 59,000 jobs–far less than New York, California and Texas and Florida, but slightly more than Michigan.

  • Dmoore2222

    He won’t own up to the March numbers. Why would he? As long as he can throw state money at it he’ll continue the dog and pony show. It will have to be at least three months of bad or flat numbers before he’ll have to start lying about something else to divert attention from what will continue to be a wack a mole situation in Ohio. If he hadn’t turned down $400 million in Fed money -we would be on our way to a full scale redevelopment of the I-71 corridor with plenty of good paying jobs in construction and transportation not to mention the business expansion that goes along with an ambitious project like that. We’re stuck with this chump.

  • Demydo

    He is a jerk and we have him as a terrible governor  for too many days, months and years to come.

  • Then where is KASICH gettn…Ohio s 1st in job growth, n 4th for the year…? He just reported that on Meet the Press? last Sunday? Fox? Clearly….are they all drinkn the tea?

  • Recall…..Protects…us…alllll

  • He just juggled the numbers….he’s an I-D-I-O-T

  • Troysteelerfan

    I am guessing this is somehow the fault of …pick one….
    the democrats in the legislature……


     “Obama promised it would never drop below 8”


  • Silly to comment on month to month changes. From July 2010 to June 2011 Ohio ranked 4th nationally in new job creation (behind Texas, California and New York – the 3 most poputated states). Good Job!

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