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.

Instead, they put out this report for Q3 2013 which, compared to the Q2 2012 report, has some interesting differences.

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:

Total # of Projects 87 61
New Jobs 5,788 3,835
New Jobs Payroll  $228 million $174 million
Retained Jobs 16,317 6,161
Retained Jobs Payroll  $853 million $309 million
Total Jobs 22,105 9,996
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.



  • dmoore2222

    JobsOhio was never really about job creation to begin with. It’s about influence peddling and political advantage. It never passed the smell test from the start. This is another Coingate waiting to happen. As the campaign heats up so will the pressure on the employees there. Someone will squawk.

  • stryx

    Obviously JobsOhio staff need better equipment. New flat screens and Aeron chairs for everyone! New phones! TWO new phones! A new espresso machine!

    While we’re at it, maybe hire someone who speaks Portuguese:

    “THE PROJECT WAS CONFIRMED Nov. 14by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. During the announcement, Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht officials described a project that could include an ethylene cracker plant and three separate polyethylene plastic resin plants, with separate facilities for water treatment and energy generation.”

  • dmoore2222

    Isn’t this just buying jobs, as in “hey (political contributors), we’ll supplement your payroll. Don’t worry about it because it’s all hidden from the tax payer anyway? ROI = Ripp Off Investment.

  • Luke Brockmeier

    It bears mentioning that the Philly Fed measurement uses state GDP growth as a partial deflator–meaning high GDP growth with moderate employment/wage growth will make a state comparatively red.

    AK, WY, and MT have the highest % of their GDP in oil extraction (which tends to raise GDP more than it raises employment). They’ve had really fast GDP growth from the oil boom. So it’s arguable that those 3 economies are healthier than this map appears.

    Ohio’s GDP growth is around the 3rd-lowest, so that “Doppler shift” isn’t happening with us. Our GDP is lousy, and our job market is even worse.

    Long story short, Ohio and Alabama are performing way, way worse than the rest of the country.

  • Donald Fissell

    so why is the Q3 report like for the Q1

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