There are two impressive records Ohio Gov. John Kasich and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio own that center on the number 56.
For Jolt’n Joe, he hit safely in 56 straight games, a baseball record that remains unbroken. For Ohio’s term-limited governor, July marks the 56th straight month under his leadership that Ohio has underperformed the national job creation average.
That’s the news Friday from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics when both agencies released data on employment and unemployment in Ohio during July 2017.
According to Ohio’s preeminent job watcher, George Zeller, Ohio gained only 1,600 jobs in July 2017.
“The weak growth was unfortunately centered in blue collar high wage occupations, including a loss of 1,100 Manufacturing jobs and a loss of 1,700 Construction jobs,” he said via email today.
Government jobs that Ohio lost, many during the Great Recession, saw gains of 500 jobs in July. Meanwhile, Zeller notes the “normally robustly growing health care and social assistance was unchanged in July, with growth of zero jobs during the month.”
Ohio’s job growth rate was again slower than the national job growth rate. Ohio fell from 1.30 percent in June to 1.11 percent in July, while the USA fell from 1.53 percent in June to 1.50 percent in July.
As Zeller put it, “July 2017 was the 56th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth has been below the USA national average,” he said. “This highly alarming streak has now reached a highly alarming duration of 4 years and 8 additional months.”
“The unemployment rate as usual is less accurate and precise than the Ohio figures on jobs, since the US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not sample any of the 50 states when the figure is estimated. It estimates that Ohio lost 24,000 employed workers and gained 9,000 unemployed workers for a net change of minus 33,000. It of course is not possible that Ohio lost a net of 33,000 employed workers during a month when Ohio actually gained 1,600 jobs. The Ohio labor force fell by 16,000 in July, also contributing to the unfavorable unemployment estimate.”
Overall, the Cleveland-based economic research analyst said, “new data on jobs in Ohio during July 2017 are disappointing. Ohio’s employment growth rate still measures an ongoing recovery from the ‘Great Recession,’ but the speed of the recovery is too slow to provide sufficient jobs for all of the workers who previously lost their jobs since 2000.”