In advance of Gov. John Kasich’s hour-long appearance on CNN Monday to promote his new book about a divided America, the inconvenient truth the governor won’t mention, and show host Andersen Cooper won’t bring up, is the fact that Mr. Kasich has entered the 52 straight month of below average job creation.
The Ohio Department of Family and Jobs Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics released March 2017 data on employment and unemployment in Ohio on Friday. The data isn’t friendly to Gov. Kasich’s claim of being a great job creator, according to Cleveland-based job cruncher George Zeller.
Zeller tells Plunderbund today that, seasonally adjusted, Ohio lost 4,100 jobs in March. “As is unfortunately often the case, the main factor causing Ohio to lose jobs was another 200 loss in Government employment,” he said, adding, “That loss was concentrated in Local Government, which lost 700 jobs.” Gov. Kasich has endorsed the Republican theory that government carries original sin and must be reined in from wasteful spending. The governor has blind faith in the private sector, or the powers of the so-called free market, when in fact the private sector looks to government to bail it out when times get tough, as President Obama’s stimulus program did, prevent the Great Recession from turning into the second Great Depression.
Zeller notes that manufacturing jobs rose by a measly 100 jobs in March [seasonally adjusted] with construction jobs in the green by 1,000 jobs in March. The largest gain among Ohio industries in March, he says, is an increase of 3,900 jobs in Health Care and Social Assistance.
In a year-over-year analysis, Mr. Zeller observes that Ohio’s job growth rate for March 2017 fell slightly to 0.83 percent compared to the USA job growth rate for March 2017 of 1.49 percent. “Thus, March 2017 is the 52nd consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate was below the USA national average. That period of sub-par job growth in Ohio now covers four full years and four additional months,” he said.
Ohio’s current job total remains 117,500 below Ohio’s peak employment level in May 2000, so more than 100,000 Ohio workers still cannot find a job because Ohio’s job growth rate remains too slow, Zeller noted. Ohio’s March 2017 unemployment rate is estimated to be unchanged at 5.1 percent from February’s 5.1 percent, which he says means “Ohio’s unemployment estimate remains above the 4.5% USA national average.”
Gov. Kasich will of course explain away his poor performance, but the numbers are what they are, and no amount of glib talk can turn these toads into princes.