The last time Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business ranked states according to their job creating record, Ohio was already ranked pretty low at 41st. But in its latest updated ranking released Wednesday, Ohio’s ability to create jobs under Gov. John Kasich and his widely touted but poorly performing job development group JobsOhio dropped eight slots to 45th. More mirage than miracle? It appears so.
In November 2010, under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who was elected then had to face the effects of a national economic meltdown that destroyed lots of jobs from many states including Ohio, the job creation rate here was 1.02 percent compared to the national average of about one-half percent [0.54%]. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic analysis, Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 under Gov. Kasich than it did in 2010 under Gov. Strickland, who took the worst of the Great Recession and still managed to put Ohio back on the path of recovery. So it’s no surprise then that Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5 percent in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8 percent in 2013. Other information corroborates Ohio’s poor performance under Kasich. The DEC ranks Ohio 31st in the nation in personal income growth, which likewise trails the national average, and 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.
A lot of jobs Gov. Kasich took bows for in his first year OTJ were there due to Strickland’s managerial ability. Gov. Kasich has never been asked to say what he would do differently than Strickland had he been governor at the time and been forced to confront the same choices? John Kasich won a close victory four years ago over Ted Strickland by promising to create jobs faster than the national average. The failure to do so, despite a Republican legislature that gave him everything he wanted including a private and secret group he handed picked that has billions to spend, has been hidden in plain site in the numbers all along.
By the latest calculations, Ohio under John Kasich now has a record 23 consecutive months in which the state has underperformed the national job creation rate. Not much of a job creation record for a politician whose main claim to fame is that he knows how to create jobs. Ohio is still short more than 200,000 jobs it once had, which why Ohioans are still looking for a job from Gov. Kasich. His failure to launch on this key issue is both telling and embarrassing for someone like himself who thinks he’s presidential timbre. With today’s ranking, it’s clear Ohio isn’t the miracle model Kasich thinks it is, that he can ride to the White House in.