Not only is Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s private and secret job creating engine very likely unconstitutional, a conclusion experts predict the Ohio Supreme Court would reach if a case challenging Kasich’s creature ever reaches it, but it apparently can’t create many jobs either.
Two new reports detailing Ohio’s poor job creation performance show the Wizard of Westerville’s so-called “Ohio Miracle” is mostly a self-basting, feel-good illusion. Many workers are still waiting for Kasich’s promised land of jobs galore to materialize in their lifetime.
If Gov. Kasich’s Reagan-era grab bag collection of poor-to-non-performing economic policies, programs and initiatives he likes to call the “Ohio Model” was really working as well as he and his campaign TV ads say it is, Ohio would be among the top dozen states who have returned to their pre-recession levels. Instead, Ohio seems to be among the bottom dozen of states that still have a large number of jobs to create to make more individuals and their families whole again. Ohio leaders, most especially Gov. Kasich, should be “working” to dislodge the state from 40th—it’s current rank according to Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business [WPCSB]—upward toward the distant top percentile instead of the far closer bottom.
With over 149,300 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels, U.S. Department of Labor statistics show the Buckeye State Ohio now has the fifth highest job deficit in the nation.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued a statement that recalls the past as much as it speaks to the future. “Since John Kasich was elected, Ohio’s job creation has plummeted. John Kasich campaigned for governor on the promise that Ohio would lead the country. Ohio’s economy is weak and Governor Kasich has failed.”
It will be interesting to see just how Kasich and his communicators spin BLS stats that show 91,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since the go-go governor took office in 2011. And with four months still to go in 2014, the K-car Administration has looked on as 43,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market. Based on his campaign ad attacking Gov. Strickland four years ago, Kasich would call his own record not “getting the jobs done.”
The news that Ohio had the highest job loss in the United States last month kept Republicans silent Monday. But Ed FitzGerald, Kasich’s Democratic challenger who needs to claw away at the half-dozen to a dozen point lead the powerful GOP incumbent enjoys 77 days before Election Day this fall, was very vocal. He hit on one of his big campaign themes, the middle class.
“Governor Kasich is failing middle class Ohioans. He inherited an economy that was leading the nation’s economic recovery, and now Ohio is leading the nation in job losses,” he said in prepared remarks today.
And based on job history numbers, FitzGerald has it right. Way back in November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate under then Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who did not rely on a private, secret, hand-picked group to dole out billions but instead used a tested, decades-old public system of economic development operation to navigate out of the roiled waters from the massive economic tsunami called The Great Recession, was 1.02 percent, which when compared to the national average of 0.54 percent at the time represented an 88 percent improvement. In July of 2010 when citizen John Kasich’s campaign for governor was promising a “New Day, New Way,” Ohio was ranked 21st in job creation. Flash forward to today, Ohio has dropped to 40th in the nation with a job growth rate of 0.83 percent, 18 percent lower than nearly four years ago, ASU’s WPCSB disclosed.
Adding insult to injury, Ohio’s job creation rate for the 21st straight month has been lower than the national average. Peering into the BLS numbers is economic research analyst George Zeller, one of Ohio’s top observers, who noted a growing gap between Ohio’s rate and the U.S. rate, exacerbated and made all the more visible by the disappearance of 12,400 jobs in July. The new July 2014 data finds that Ohio is still recovering from both the 2000s recession and the 2007 “Great Recession,” Zeller told OhioNewsBureau. Ohio’s growth, he said, “remains too slow, and it slowed further during July 2014.”
Ohio’s GDP in 2010 grew 2.5 percent by creating over 55,000 jobs compared to the initial projected 1.8 percent under Gov. Kasich in 2013 when fewer, 50,400, jobs were created, BLS figures show.