And, yes, it’s true that the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor does show that Ohio in July is just below the number it was in November 2008.
But think about what Kasich is saying. And then you get that moment when John Kasich is bragging about Ohio having as many private sector jobs as it did… under Ted Strickland… almost.
And an “almost five-year high” would sound impressive until you consider this. The number of private sector jobs bottomed out shortly after the recession ended in late 2009 on February 2010 at 4,220,700. When Kasich took office in January 2011, Ohio had already regained 69,400 of the private sector jobs it had lost. In other words, at the time Gov. Kasich took the oath of office, Ohio already had almost as many private sector jobs it had in April 2009. In those 11 months left in Strickland’s term after the private sector bottomed out, Ohio had already erased ten months worth of the recession’s losses.
However, Gov. Kasich’s economic policies didn’t become law until July 1, 2011 when his first “Jobs” Budget became law. Until then, Ohio was still under the economic polices set by Governor Strickland’s last budget. During those additional five months, Ohio had regained another 21,200 private sector jobs. So in the sixteen months left in the Strickland budget when the number of private sector jobs bottomed out in February 2010, Ohio had already reversed more than ten months worth private sector job losses that occurred during the recession.
Since then Ohio’s been under Kasich’s economic policies for twenty-four months, and yet, he’s bragging about private sector growth that’s only reversed less than five more months beyond what Ohio had already erased under Strickland’s policies.
Two years ago, before John Kasich’s economic polices were even in effect, Ohio ALREADY was at a 26 month high on private sector numbers. So, is it really impressive that twenty-five months later they’re almost a 56 month high? Not if you follow the math, it isn’t.
Another way to view it is that for every month we were under Strickland’s policies when the recover started in February 2010, Ohio was erasing 63% worth of the monthly losses in the private sector to Kasich’s less than 21% rate. Ted Strickland’s policies, clearly, reversed the recession job loss calendar far more effectively than Kasich’s has. But that’s not all. During that sixteen month period (from February 2010 until June 2011), Ohio was creating private sector jobs at a faster rate than it has since Kasich’s policies took over.
Like we said, it’s getting absolutely pathetic how Kasich’s team is trying to spin this economy. They’re now trying to take credit for gains in private sector jobs that were largely done before they even took office, let alone before their policies were law.
Gov. Kasich inherited a state in a much better shape than the one Gov. Strickland’s predecessor left it in. Despite a massive global recession in 2008-2009, Ohio had an unemployment rate below the national rate for the first time in years. It was regaining, on average, over 5,600 of the private sector jobs it had lost in the recession every month, and the State was in the middle of a streak of consistently dropping its unemployment rate that it hadn’t done since 1983.
Now, job creation is slowing down. Unemployment has crept up .5% so far this year back to where it was a year ago. People are giving up looking for work, the number of unemployed Ohioans is growing, etc.
John Kasich is so desperate to try to convince voters he’s done something good on the economy, he’s taking claim to improvements in the private sector that almost entirely had already occurred when he claimed Ohio wasn’t recovering fast enough under Ted Strickland.
24 months of governing, not even five months worth of progress. That’s John Kasich’s record.