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In all the news about Governor Kasich’s attempt to mitigate the political damage caused by the tragedy in Zanesville by issuing a meaningless executive order that most have concluded has no real teeth, another potentially difficult story got overlooked: September’s jobs report.

The good news is that Ohio broke it’s three-month streak of rising unemployment.  That’s about as good as it got for Kasich.  Ohio’s unemployment rate is no different than the national rate, which also stayed at 9.1%.  That means after a fourteen-month period of consistently dropping unemployment that started back in February 2010 under […]

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Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% in March to 8.6% in April as the State made a net gain of 8,600 jobs.  Over the past twelve months, Ohio has 67,000 new jobs.

Service-providing industries increased 9,800 over the month to 4,287,200. The most significant gains occurred in professional and business services (+7,100) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,200). Other industries gaining jobs included government (+1,900), information (+1,100), and financial activities (+600). Leisure and hospitality (-2,900), educational and health services (-2,100), and other services (-100) experienced over-the-month losses. Goods-producing industries, at 809,300, were down 1,200 from March, driven by a […]

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For the thirteenth consecutive month, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in March from 9.2% in February to 8.9% as the State had a net gain of 2,200 driven mostly by the 5k jobs gained in the manufacturing sector. Ohio saw a 1.6% drop in it’s unemployment rate over the past twelve months and is now .1% above the national unemployment rate.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, this makes the Strickland Recovery the second strongest recovery in Ohio since 1983, which again, draws a historical parallel between John Kasich’s and Dick Celeste’s first term.

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The State’s January unemployment numbers just came out, and it’s all incredibly good news:

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in January, down from the revised 9.5 percent in December, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 31,900 over the month, from the revised 5,034,200 in December to 5,066,100 in January.

The number of unemployed has decreased by 75,000 in the past 12 months from 626,000.  The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 10.6 percent in January 2010.


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You’re going to see the usual “doom and gloom” today regarding the August jobs report released this morning.

Unemployment, nationally, went up .1% of a point.  Why?  Because more people re-entered the labor market a rate faster than the private sector could create jobs.   What was the forecast (i.e. “market expectation”)?

The private sector is forecast to add a net total of only 41,000 jobs, the fewest since January, which isn’t enough to keep up with population growth.

What was the reality?

The Labor Department says companies added a net total 67,000 new jobs last month, down from […]

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Here’s Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols Mansfield News Journal in response to Governor Strickland’s recent campaign appearance there:

Because of Ted Strickland’s mismanagement, Ohio still has higher unemployment than every neighboring state but Michigan, and we’re recovering more slowly,” Nichols wrote in an e-mail to the News Journal. “Relief is coming, however, and John Kasich encourages Ohioans to stay positive and hang in there because if he’s elected governor in November, we’ll be able to reduce spending and begin reducing taxes so we can revive the economy and create jobs.

Yes, it’s true that only Michigan is the only […]

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This is from the press release from the Governor’s official office, not the campaign:

“Ohio unemployment rates have declined for four months in a row and the private sector created 10,500 Ohio jobs in July.  That’s a clear sign businesses are investing in Ohio.  In recent months we’ve seen growth again because in recent years we have lowered taxes, cut red tape and invested in the industries creating jobs that are hard to outsource. 

“A recent study by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank shows that over the last three months Ohio has the sixth-fastest growing economy.  We have a long […]

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Like me, John Kasich must have watched “G.I. Joe” alot in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The difference was I was in junior high, and he was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

John Kasich’s entire gubernatorial campaign seems to be that if he portrays himself as a mixture of the political DNA of enough Republicans, he’ll appear to be the greatest political leader of all time.  So far, John Kasich has mixed in his campaign the DNA of:

Former House Speaker/Adulterer Newt Gingrich

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

Former Half-Term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin […]

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Today’s July jobs report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services notes a weakening labor market just as we’re seeing nationally, but one that is still creating private sector jobs—particularly in manufacturing.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July, down slightly from 10.5 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,800 over the month, from the revised 5,045,000 in June to 5,046,800 in July.

“The number of unemployed Ohioans declined in July, and the unemployment rate decreased […]

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Yeah, I’m stunned, too.

Tom Blumer actual wrote these words and put them on the Internets about last week’s July jobs report:

And that number is … pretty darned good — so good that I wonder if the press is all of a sudden going to discover the virtues of looking at actual results instead of the ones that are seasoned: …

The +91K seen on the ground in July is 191,000 jobs better than the acceptability benchmark set before the report came out. That’s impressive. The Birth/Death model isn’t skewing things either. The GM factor I cited earlier […]

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Not only is the ad really bad because its filled with cheesy, forced attack lines based on obscure political references (I’d note that not even the Carpetblogger has written or Tweet’d about it), but according to the Columbus Dispatch (R-Columbus), it’s also false and misleading.

First, the ad lies about the true state of the jobs market in Ohio:

Like the other ads, the latest, which began airing yesterday, focuses on jobs lost during Strickland’s tenure, although after several months of job gains, the actual number lost is 379,900 from December 2006 through June.

Yeah, they’re only 20,000 jobs off […]

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