Release bad news when no one is looking. That’s one of the tricks of political communicators. And that’s exactly what Kasich’s JobsOhio did today.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after Black Friday, and the day after the OSU-Michigan game, most Ohioans are not following politics or job numbers. They are likely still hung over, possibly still wearing the same scarlet and gray clothes they went to bed in the night before, and most certainly are wondering what they can do with all those scraps of turkey they still have in their fridge.
Or, like me, they spent half the day with their family cutting down a Christmas tree, and the other half vacuuming up tree needles.
But the folks at JobsOhio had different holiday plans.
For example, every single metric that is included in both reports is down this quarter. Total number of jobs, total retained jobs, total projects…. everything.
Here are those results:
|Q3 2012 RESULTS||Q3 2013 RESULTS|
|Total # of Projects||87||61|
|New Jobs Payroll||$228 million||$174 million|
|Retained Jobs Payroll||$853 million||$309 million|
|Total Jobs Payroll||$1.1 billion||$483 million|
|Capital Investment by Companies||$1.0 billion||$708 million|
This shouldn’t be a surprise. Unemployment in Ohio just soared above the national average.
Suspiciously missing from this quarterly report are the multi-year ROI totals that were included in the 2012 Q3 report. In 2011, the Kasich administration made a big deal about return on investment, going so far as to announce a new “proprietary tool” they were using to calculate the ROI for JobsOhio projects. We can only guess what their secret ROI formula told them in Q3 2013 – but it must be pretty bad if they completely excluded the results from their report.
Of JobsOhio, Kasich’s hand-picked former head of the organization Mark Kvamme said people should “Judge us on our results.” It’s been almost two years now, and the results are clearly bad. It is time for people to start judging.
With more bad news, here comes the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia which just released a report showing that Ohio is ranked nearly last on the quality of our economic conditions for the past three months. Almost every state has shown some recent improvement. Ohio, like only four other states, is moving backwards
Here’s the map released with the report.