Ohio’s unemployment rate climbed to 7.3% in August. That puts the Buckeye State even with the national rate and cuts into one of Governor John Kasich‘s talking points: That Ohio’s economy had recovered faster than the United States.
As The Plain Dealer‘s Olivera Perkins noted, Ohio was second in the nation in job loss last month.
Gov. Kasich made much of jobs in his successful campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2010. The unemployment rate hit a ten-year high of 10.6% during Strickland’s administration, but the rate began dropping in February 2010, as PolitiFact Ohio noted.
Unemployment continued to drop during Gov. Kasich’s first and second years. So rosy was Ohio’s outlook that Kasich’s message of recovery conflicted with Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney‘s message of despair.
Here’s what Gov. Kasich’s challenger Ed FitzGerald had to say about the jobs numbers:
Month by month, the signs are clear that Governor Kasich has squandered the economic recovery he inherited more than two years ago. The Governor’s so-called “Ohio Miracle” has morphed into a nightmare, with Ohio shedding 8,200 jobs as our unemployment ticked up to match the national rate for the first time in nearly three years. This report is disturbing, and as a greater percentage of Ohioans give up looking for work than at any point in the past 30 years, it’s apparent to everyone but John Kasich that we’re headed in the wrong direction.
But instead of fighting to put the middle class back to work, Governor Kasich’s doubled down on his same policies of handouts favoring the wealthy and well connected. We can do better.
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