Last month Ohio Gov. John Kasich matched baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak with his own streak of 56 months below the national average for job creation. This month, Kasich’s streak extended to 57, the same number of pickle varieties the H.J. Heinz company located in Pittsburgh, PA made famous in its “57 varieties” advertising campaign.
New estimates of Ohio employment for August 2017 were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, showing that current sub-par job growth, including all months between December 2012 and August 2017, has reached 57 consecutive months, according to master job-number cruncher guru George Zeller.
Kasich Streaks Forward
Based new and more accurate data, Zeller notes that downward revisions on previous job numbers is substantial, to the tune of “a massive -138,100 jobs.” The new figures are considerably different and far more accurate than similar figures in reports released during all prior 2016 months, Zeller tells Plunderbund today, adding that “this revision eliminated what had originally been reported as positive job figures in Ohio during the early summer months of 2016.”
Ohio has yet to recover from both the 2000s recession and the 2007 “Great Recession,” Zeller notes, warning that job growth under the Kasich Administration “remains too slow and is well below the USA national average.”
To put a fine point on the numbers, Zeller says, “The new figures mean that the speed at which Ohio is gaining jobs during an economic recovery continues to be alarmingly too slow.”
Year over year job growth, between August 2016 and August 2017, is a slightly slowing 1.08 percent, while the job growth in the U.S. is a slightly slowing rate during August 2017 at 1.45 percent. Adding perspective to Ohio’s painful growth in jobs, Zeller finds that Ohio gained 59,300 jobs between August 2016 and August 2017, a pace “far slower than the USA’s gain of 2,100,000 jobs during the same one year period, not seasonally adjusted.”
While Kasich is making a name for himself defending the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare before elite east coast media, back home in the state he’s supposed to be governing, Zeller estimates that “it will take Ohio nearly three more years to recover the jobs that Ohio previously lost during the 2000s recession. That is extremely troubling.” On that point, Zeller says “there still is an enormous hole for the state to dig out of.”
Losing Big Bad Government Jobs Keeps Ohio Down
The loss of government jobs, that had dominated the negative Ohio figures in numerous prior months, has “unfortunately returned in the new August 2017 data, when Ohio lost 5,900 government jobs, driven mostly by a loss of 3,600 jobs in state government… Local government also lost 1,900 jobs while Federal Government lost 400 jobs.”
Kasich boasts that state workers are fewer after nearly two terms of his leadership, but fails to understand the lack or elimination of those jobs contribute to his poor performance when compared to national averages and trends.
“A counterproductive austerity policy of slashing Government employment during the last several years has prevented Ohio from speeding up its slow and below average growth rate to a vigorous employment recovery that the state badly needs,” Zeller says, pointing to the August data as an illustration of the importance of these jobs.
Zeller notes with disappointment that these new and more accurate job numbers for Kasich “continue to underestimate Ohio’s job losses that were suffered during prior years.”