The good news: Ohio gained 11,500 jobs in June 2017. The bad news: June 2017 was the 55th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate under the Kasich Administration was below the national average, which includes all months between December 2012 and June 2017, according to Ohio’s premier job analyst, George Zeller.
Zeller noted that job growth rate in June 2017 improved to 1.30 percent compared to the national job growth rate in June to 1.52 percent.
Details of the monthly report show the the largest contributors to Ohio’s job growth in June were manufacturing, which gained 4,000 jobs (2,600 of which were in high wage durable goods manufacturing), and government, “which for a change showed an increase of 6,100 jobs, nearly all of which were in State Government,” Zeller added. Health care and social assistance gained 1,900 jobs, too.
“During the first six months of 2017, Ohio has now gained 25,100 jobs, which puts the state on pace to match the 49,700 jobs that Ohio gained last year in 2016,” Zeller wrote. He cautioned again this month as he has before, that “growth remains too slow to make up for the large number of jobs (104,100) that Ohio has lost since the 2000s recession.”