According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CES survey (a survey of employers) here’s how many jobs Ohio has created in the eleven months since Kasich took office on Jan. 10, 2011 versus the last eleven months under Strickland (Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011):

Net Jobs Created

Strickland

+64,000

Kasich

+38,000

The 3k jobs lost in December sent Kasich’s job creation total under the 40k figure he had been touting since Issue 2 was defeated.  In fact, Ohio created almost as many jobs in Strickland’s final month (34,100 from December 2010-January 2011) than Ohio has since Kasich took office.

This is the same method the Kasich Administration has been tracking their “job creation” numbers all year.  Same survey, same seasonally adjusted basis, same monthly baseline (since January 2011).

“Candidate” Kasich called the economic recovery under Strickland inadequate and insufficient.  He ran on a pledge that Ohio’s recovery would be stronger with him at the helm.  He ran on the 400k jobs lost in the recession, not the unemployment rate.  By his own measure, Kasich is a failure.

But that’s not the only common measure of the economy and employment.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor calculates the unemployment rate using a survey of households that reports whether the working adults are part of the labor market, how many are unemployed, but looking, and how many are employed (the survey is commonly known as LAUS).  The LAUS for Ohio in the eleven months since Kasich took office and before shows a vast difference in how employers have indicated the economy is doing versus how households show:

Net change in # of employed Ohioans

Strickland

+60,557

Kasich

-4,037

So under Strickland, both employers and Ohio households showed a better jobs market in his final eleven months in office.  Yet, while employers have said Ohio has gained jobs since Kasich took office, fewer Ohioans report being employed since Kasich took office.

What about the unemployment rate?  Kasich and his allies have been crowing about the drop in the unemployment rate over the past two months, so surely this is an area where Kasich in the past eleven months beat Strickland’s last eleven, right?

Net change unemployment rate

Strickland

-1.3%

Kasich

-1.2%

Nope.  Strickland wins by a nose even on the unemployment rate.

Kasich does beat Strickland in the change in the number of unemployed:

Net change in # of unemployed

Strickland

-73,146

Kasich

-81,863

So Kasich has seen a larger drop in the number of Ohioans who count themselves unemployed, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

I’ve written a great deal about the labor market as an important consideration in evaluating changes in the unemployment rate.  So how does Kasich and Strickland measure up using the same time periods?

Net change in labor market

Strickland

-12,589

Kasich

-85,900

Both saw a shrinking labor force, but it’s shrunk over 6.8 times more under Kasich than under Strickland.

You have to look at the labor data in the totality:  82% of Ohioans who were no longer unemployed under the last 11 months under Strickland found work. 100% of the Ohioans who are no longer considered unemployed under Kasich dropped out of the labor market altogether.  So, most people under Strickland stopped being unemployed at the end of his term because they were finding work.  Virtually all since Kasich took office simply stopped looking for work.

Why is this important?  Remember how I wrote anyone who praised December’s jobs report needed to have their head examined?

Eighteen months ago, Ohio was at a crossroads, facing over 10 percent unemployment for more than a full year, some of the highest Ohio had seen in decades. Today, it was announced that our state’s unemployment rate continued to drop and is now at 8.1 percent.

“As I have said before, House Republicans have been working every single day to ensure Ohio’s economy gets back on the right track and we are starting to show real, tangible signs of improvement. Job creation has always been our number-one priority and our work from this session is truly bearing fruit.

“Governor Kasich has shown a great willingness to think outside the box—starting with JobsOhio—and make the difficult but necessary decisions in order to ensure the long-term financial stability of our state. I applaud Governor Kasich for his leadership and for never losing sight of his vision of a new day for Ohio.”- Speaker Batchelder press release (Jan. 20, 2012)

Seriously, these people are either idiots who think their agenda is working, or they’re disingenuous, calculating politicians who want to fool the public into thinking their extreme agenda is working.  The same people who criticized the economic recovery under Strickland as inadequate are praising Kasich for an economy that is unquestionably doing worse than it was a year ago:

image(Because that includes a few months where Strickland was Governor, 7% of the decrease in the # of unemployed in the past twelve months were instances where unemployed Ohioans found work instead of giving up.)

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Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine (who is facing a Kasich-led coup over his chairmanship) actually wrote that Obama should follow Kasich’s lead in job creation.  The partisan hypocrisy here would be astounding if it weren’t so common and predictable.

I’ll challenge the Republican readers here to show me how this data shows Ohio is moving in the right direction better under Kasich-Batchelder in 2011 than we were under Strickland-Budish 2010.  I’ll wait.

image Tell me how this chart shows Ohio is moving in the right direction?

There’s even some conservative bloggers out there who think Kasich deserves praise yet are willing to deny President Obama credit for an improving economy in Ohio (an economy that was clearly improving well before Kasich was elected).   Maybe Kasich wasn’t having a rare moment of modesty.  Maybe Kasich realizes that’s there’s nothing for John Kasich to take credit for:

The reality is that the economy would have done better in 2011 if it hadn’t been for John Boehner’s House Republicans taking the economy hostage in a pointless debt ceiling fight, too.

Our economy in Ohio was recovering faster and stronger with a Democratic Governor, a Democratic Congress, and a Democratic House of Representatives.  These are simple and undeniable facts.  You can honestly debate whether there’s a correlation between the economy and partisan control of government.  But you cannot credit Kasich for a better economy.  There are no real facts that square with that argument once you look at what Ohio was doing under Strickland just a year prior.  That is nothing more than a wishful partisan fantasy.

Ohio is not moving in the right direction.  Since Kasich took office, fewer Ohioans are employed and less jobs are being created.  The rate in which our unemployment rate was dropping has slowed.  Where the drop had been largely fueled by Ohioans finding work, now it’s entirely fueled by a shrinking workforce.  These are painful facts.  Just as Issue 2 demonstrated, Kasich is a failed leader.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNG7NJTXXFSJKA4ZKIAFAGPLBE Linda

    How did the Republicans take the government hostage?   Twenty plus Job Bills sent to the Senate and Good old Harry puts them in a drawer and refuses to bring them to the floor.  Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 1000 days but your going to blame the Republicans for that too?    Why can’t people  just tell the story or report the news without taking sides and just be honest.    They want others to believe everything they say without  giving  all the facts and allow people to make up their own minds.   Someone is showing their ignorance so I refuse to believe your charts. 
    To many people have lost their integrity in this country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNG7NJTXXFSJKA4ZKIAFAGPLBE Linda

    How did the Republicans take the government hostage?   Twenty plus Job Bills sent to the Senate and Good old Harry puts them in a drawer and refuses to bring them to the floor.  Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 1000 days but your going to blame the Republicans for that too?    Why can’t people  just tell the story or report the news without taking sides and just be honest.    They want others to believe everything they say without  giving  all the facts and allow people to make up their own minds.   Someone is showing their ignorance so I refuse to believe your charts. 
    To many people have lost their integrity in this country.

  • Modern Esquire

    The Republicans took the economy hostage by refusing to pass a debt ceiling vote without poison pill agenda items they knew they could pass on their own merits. 

    Seriously, if you want to try to spin that it’s the Democrats that are obstructionists and the Republicans are the ones trying to pass an agenda, then you have to ignore all facts going on in Washington right now.

    The 22 jobs bills are stuck because they were passed with non-job creating conservative riders.  The bills themselves contain much of what is President Obama’s jobs agenda, such as reauthorizing the transportation funding bill.

    I’d be honest, but this post is largely not about Congress.  But to the extent it was, it was factual, Linda.  It’s just not facts you like, unfortunately.

  • Modern Esquire

    The charts were made from data you can find at the U.S. Department of Labor’s BLS or the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.  You can plug your ears and shout “LALALALA” all you want.  By ignoring them, you just reveal you’d rather live in ignorance that have your partisan assumptions challenged.

    I gave you the data for you to make your own mind in this post, btw.

  • Modern Esquire

    The charts were made from data you can find at the U.S. Department of Labor’s BLS or the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.  You can plug your ears and shout “LALALALA” all you want.  By ignoring them, you just reveal you’d rather live in ignorance that have your partisan assumptions challenged.

    I gave you the data for you to make your own mind in this post, btw.

  • Dmoore2222

    Of course Johnny doesn’t want the “who gets the credit” conversation because it draws attention to his opposition to  the GM/Chrysler baillout, another political near miss like wanting to give $400 million to Sears, a failing 19th century enterprise. I still want to know what went on at Lehman Bros.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jennifer.terry10 Jennifer Malcosky Terry

    Lovely article. It’s in desperate need of proofreading, however!

  • Anonymous

    By worse, you mean the Iraq War is over, OBL is dead, and the nation is creating more jobs in two years under Obama than in the eight years under Bush, right?

    Nationally, the economy is getting better, but the recovery in Ohio is stalling, and we’re starting to get out paced by the rest of the nation.  While Ohio under Kasich saw fewer people employed last year, the nation saw 1.4 million join the ranks of the employed.

    But have things gotten worse under Obama?  That’s insane.  The Great Recession was already occuring before he was even elected.  Since then, the U.S. has gained 2 million new jobs (200k created last month alone.)

    Chances are, by the time the election rolls around, unemployment in this nation will be lower than it was when Obama took office.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gohpblog GOHP Blog

    “ Maybe Kasich wasn’t having a rare moment of modesty.”

    Seriously?  The man that is famously unscripted had a moment of scripted response?

    Maybe Plunderbund is having a traditional moment of wild, unsupported conjecture.

  • Dmoore2222

    President Bush??? How do you figure things were better under him? Even his own party has shunned him because he’s a grim reminder of just how bad things were for those 8 years. Not a single republican candidate dares to utter his name. He won’t be present at the convention either. So there’s the truist indication of how good things were under him.

  • Dmoore2222

    President Bush??? How do you figure things were better under him? Even his own party has shunned him because he’s a grim reminder of just how bad things were for those 8 years. Not a single republican candidate dares to utter his name. He won’t be present at the convention either. So there’s the truist indication of how good things were under him

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carrie-Preston/100000765994211 Carrie Preston

    The one thing that needs to be overhauled in the way of how our bills are written and passed —-get rid of all riders that do not pertain to the bill. Having these kind of riders is insane and does not do us any good. Come on most of these riders have “nothing to do with the tea in China” as granny would say. Really the ends DOES NOT justify the means when we talk about riders.

  • Anonymous

    If you believe that John Kasich doesn’t do anything scripted, then I’ve got a turnpike in northern Ohio to sell you.

  • Anonymous

    P.S.-  Is that the BEST response you have to this post?  To suggest that Kasich was actually having an unscripted and uncharacteristic moment of modesty?

  • Cheryl

    There’s not much integrity in the Republican party.  The good old Republicans have been voting against Obama for over 3 years and won’t even look at a Democratic “jobs bill”.  In fact, they can’t even allow judges to be appointed.  Why don’t YOU be honest, and show the whole picture?  I’d say this article was pretty darned factual.   As any “good” Republican, you refuse to believe the truth when it’s right in front of your nose, because it didn’t show up on Fox “news”.  There are good REASONS that Republican “jobs” bills can’t be brought to the floor.  Consider what ALL is in them.  Not just the part about jobs, but what damaging things are in there that will harm the American people???  We know how you people work … in order for people to get unemployment, you attached the HUGE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH to the bill.  Remember that one?  You people pass bills by holding the country hostage.

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