Ohio has patiently waited on John Kasich to fulfill his job creation promises. But after four years of total control of state government, multiple “Jobs Budgets” and full implementation of his prized and private job creation engine JobsOhio, the self-proclaimed state CEO is still 109,000 jobs short of recouping all the jobs lost during the “Great Recession” of the late 2000s.
Meanwhile, under President Obama’s leadership, the nation has made solid strides forward in 2014, experiencing the strongest job growth since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades. The private sector at the national level has added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record.
This sad but true statistic for Ohio was confirmed again Thursday, when the state’s unofficial but un-rebutted chief jobs scoreboard keeper sifted through Bureau of Labor Statistics labor numbers to declare the Buckeye State isn’t carrying its own weight when compared to the national average for job creation.
Based in Cleveland, among the nation’s biggest poorest cities which will host the 2016 Republican National Convention, George Zeller told OhioNewsBureau [ONB] that national data is very encouraging, but the same can’t be said for Ohio.
Zeller, a research analyst, told ONB, “Since Ohio has still not recovered more than 109,000 jobs that it lost as a result of the deep and lengthy 2007-2009 national ‘Great Recession,’ it is unfortunate that today’s data on new claims are seasonally distorted, and thus do not provide a clear measure of current economic trends among Ohio’s workers. Further improvements in subsequent weeks are still urgently needed so that more than 109,000 Ohio workers who lost their jobs during the 2007 Great Recession will be able to find a new job.”
Through November 2014, he said, Ohio currently has a streak of twenty-five consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth rate below the USA national average. “That streak was lengthened in November 2014 to a period of time that exceeds two full years,” he noted. New Claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending January 10, 2015 were 17,663, an increase of 18.6 percent from the prior week and 33.1 percent average over the prior year. Meanwhile, continued claims are 98,942, up 9.2 percent over the prior week but down 12.4 percent from the average of the prior year, according to BLS statistics.
Ohio Stuck in Bottom Half Of States
According to Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, which uses BLS data to rank states for job creation, Ohio is 32nd in the nation, still in the bottom half of all states but no longer a bottom dweller for total nonfarm jobs. When Ohio’s job creation percentage of 1.11 percent is measured against the national average of 2.0 percent, Gov. Kasich is under performing President Obama.
The top performing state over 12 months in the non-farm job category in descending order are: North Dakota [4.93], Texas [3.94], Utah [3.29], Oregon [2.94], Delaware [2.89], Florida [2.88], Washington [2.80], South Carolina [2.63], Arizona [2.61] and North Carolina [2.54].
In the much-prized private job creation category, Ohio’s ranks even lower at 34th, based on a 1.33 percent compared to the national average of 2.30 percent. This translates into a disparity of 42 percent, not exactly a rousing rank differential given Gov. Kasich’s declaration that creating jobs is his moral focus.
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