Ohio Ranked Third Highest In New Weekly Unemployment Claims

As claims drop nationally, Ohio initial unemployment claims spike

COLUMBUS – This morning, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration released the latest data on unemployment insurance weekly claims.  And while initial claims were down nationally, Ohio had the third largest increase in initial unemployment claims caused by layoffs in the transportation industry.

Earlier this month, National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, released a comparison of post-recession job growth and loss of all fifty states from January 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State. The data in this study is further evidence contrary to Governor Kasich’s claim of successful job creation.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Today we see yet even more evidence that as the nation’s economy heats up, Ohio’s economy flounders under John Kasich.  This is another clear indicator that Kasich’s policies have failed to create the jobs Ohioans need, all while shifting the tax burden onto middle class families. Because of Kasich, Ohio’s job growth is lagging behind the rest of the country.”

What others have said about Ohio’s economy in response to the latest economic data:

“Everybody in Ohio, employed or not, is suffering from Ohio’s sub-par recovery from the 2007 recession.”—Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

BACKGROUND

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

Ohio still has nearly 140,000 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels—the fifth highest deficit in the nation.  Ohio has 139,900 jobs left to regain before returning to its pre-recession number of jobs it had in June 2007.  Alaska, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah all have regained all the jobs lost recession roughly a year ago, yet Ohio has the fifth largest amount of jobs left to regain to reach its pre-recession numbers.   Neighboring West Virginia reached its pre-recession jobs number back in February.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, seasonally adjusted (accessed 6/19/2014.)]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Job gains under Kasich are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost in the recession.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

DeWine Campaign: DeWine’s done all he can

DeWine’s silence on treatment funding cuts hurts fight to end Ohio’s growing heroin problem

Columbus – At the beginning of this month, a $20 million shortfall in local government substance abuse treatment takes affect under a new Kasich Administration policy in how it handles federal grant money for treatment.  [Source: Toledo Blade (5/30/2014), “Kasich’s funding for centers criticized.”]  In addition, recent budgetary changes by the Kasich Administration will redirect funding ordinarily given to local mental health and drug treatment boards and reallocate it for state spending.  [Source: Toledo Blade (6/30/2014), “Risky Budget.”]

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald and Democratic Attorney General nominee David Pepper have traveled the state raising awareness of these treatment funding shortfalls, the Ohio Republican Party accused those who criticized the cuts in local funding as nothing more than people “want[ing] more money for government.” [Source: Mansfield News Journal (6/5/2014)].   Yesterday, a DeWine campaign spokesman stated that as it relates to Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic: “DeWine is doing all he can.”  [Source: CityBeat (7/15/2014), “Sights Set.”]

In response to the DeWine campaign’s spokesman comments, Ohio Democratic Party Deputy Communication Director Brian Hester said:

“It is outrageous for DeWine to claim he’s doing all he can to battle a heroin epidemic after saying nothing as the state cut $20 million from local addiction treatment.  A true leader speaks up against bad policy that hurts Ohio families.  If we’ve seen everything Mike DeWine can do to combat this epidemic, then we need new leadership with David Pepper in the Attorney General’s Office.”

While Ohio Republicans call treatment dollars wasteful spending, officials on the frontline of the crisis say these cuts will have a real impact on struggling families and communities:

Executive Director of Lorain County’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board:  “People understand why families need support and treatment now more than ever. With this reduction, we’re going to have to tell them again services aren’t available unless you’re Medicaid eligible.” [AP, 5/23/2014]

Executive Director of the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board: “It’s going to reduce our available funds for community services that will be replaced by local levy dollars. Once again it’s an over-reliance on local funding to shore up what the state has started. We’re willing to do this because there are necessary services embedded with those dollars that are critical. Clients receiving those services should not be unduly impacted because of this funding change.” [Toledo Blade, 5/30/2014]

Executive Director of Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board: “As more people come into residential services, Medicaid only pays for part of the bill, he said. It does not pay for room and board and supervision — ‘and those costs have increased,’ Bohley said. ‘(Medicaid expansion) is creating new demand for residential services and other services for childcare.’” [Journal News, 5/30/2014]

“The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents local boards, suggested a one-year delay in the funding change to see if the recent Medicaid expansion could help.” [Plain Dealer, 5/30/2014]

BACKGROUND

Kasich & DeWine response to heroin is largely a State-driven program of community town halls that ignores local drug enforcement agencies.“Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine are spearheading a new “Start Talking” program to reduce heroin use in the state, especially for school-aged children.  But, local drug enforcement agencies said they have not been included in the new statewide program.” [Source: WKBN, (4/29/2014)]

Lack of Treatment Is “A Statewide Embarrassment,” State Officials Have Only Given a “Pep Talk”: The Plain Dealer has called the lack of treatment capacity a “statewide embarrassment.” [Source: Plain Dealer (2/18/14), “Drug treatment must be funding priority for Kasich.”]

The Coshocton Tribune said that with few resources from the state, it is “disparaging when an elected official travels around the state giving what amounts to nothing more than a pep talk.” [Source: Coshocton Tribune (2/1/2014), “Talk is cheap; money needed to fight drugs.]

New Business Filings Poor Economic Indicator

COLUMBUS – Today, Secretary of State Jon Husted released the latest monthly report on new business filings with his office.  However, a review of the Secretary of State’s reports on business filings compared to seasonally adjusted employment data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (CES Survey) shows that as the number of business filings have increased the last three years, job creation has actually dropped 37%:

BusinessFilingsvJobCreationIn response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“The fact that Jon Husted is touting this bogus stat shows how desperate they are to distract Ohioans for stalling an economy that was growing more jobs and growing fast before they took office.  If there’s anything we’ve seen in the last three years, there is no connection between an increase in business filings and job creation.”

What others have said about Ohio’s economy in response to the latest economic data:

  • “Everybody in Ohio, employed or not, is suffering from Ohio’s sub-par recovery from the 2007 recession.”—Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]
  • “Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]
  • “The Republicans’ relative silence on today’s report is telling. It speaks to the overall meh-ness of the numbers . . .” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/20/2014), “BLS Hysteria, June edition.”]

BACKGROUND

As new business filings increased in Ohio, job creation dropped by 37%.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, there was 82,601 new business filings in 2011 and 88,068 in 2012 and 89,735 in 2013.  [Source: Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Review of Press Releases from 2011 until present (accessed 7/14/2014)].  However, Ohio went from gaining 81,100 jobs in 2011 to only 75,800 in 2012 to just 51,000 in 2013—an over 37% decrease since 2011.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics CES Survey, seasonally adjusted figures (accessed 7/14/2014).]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 than it did in 2010.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8% in 2013.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (6/11/2014).]

Last year, thirty other States had stronger personal income growth than Ohio.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio ranked 31st in the nation, trailing the national average, in personal income growth.  Ohio also ranked 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.  [U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (3/25/2014).]

An Utter Failure of Leadership

Gov. Kasich & Auditor Yost botch investigation of growing charter school scandal

Columbus – In December 2013, teacher Matt Blair asked the Ohio Department of Education to investigate widespread cheating by officials at the Horizon Science Academy charter school such as the school keeping “at risk” students out of class during standardized tests and school officials filling out standardized test answers.

Instead of thoroughly investigating the allegations, the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) sent a questionnaire asking the charter school if it had any policies against such cheating with the instructions to “feel free to keep your responses brief and ‘positive.’”  [Source: Hannah Report (6/25/2014), “Teacher Turns to State Board, Auditor with Charter Allegations.”]  After news of ODE poor investigation become public, ODE vowed to do another investigation.  [Source: Dayton Daily News (6/26/2014), “State re-checking charter school accusations.”]

Frustrated by the poor response by ODE, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) asked State Auditor Dave Yost to investigate, months after another former employee had already asked him to investigate the charter school’s financial data and State testing information.  Only after State Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) asked Yost to investigate, Yost’s office replied that if they investigate and find wrongdoing it will report it to the Ohio Department of Education—the same agency that had already ran a sham investigation in the first place.  [Source:  Gongwer (7/8/2014), “Politics Notebook: Carney Criticizes Audits of Horizon Charters.”]

In response to the continued lack of serious attention to this growing charter school scandal, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“The charter school system in Ohio is broken and many are producing the poorest results in education, but Republicans like Governor Kasich and State Auditor Dave Yost are ideologically blind to address it.  Where can taxpayers turn for protection when faced with such a systematic failure of government accountability across the board?  In order to have an Ohio Department of Education that will put students and taxpayers first over corporate charter school executives, we need change in Columbus.”

ODP Chairman Statement on RNC Selection of Cleveland for the 2016 RNC National Convention

COLUMBUSThis afternoon, the Republican National Committee announced that it had selected Cleveland to be the host city for the 2016 RNC National Convention.  In response to today’s RNC Announcement, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“It is great that Republicans across the country will spend seven days in Cuyahoga County seeing the fruits of the successful leadership of Ed FitzGerald, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County’s next County Executive, Armond Budish.  The region’s rebirth is due to their leadership and the hard work of the people of Cuyahoga County.”

Economic Study: Ohio Ranks 41st in Post-Recession Job Growth Under John Kasich

COLUMBUS – Last week, National Public Radio’s economic series, Planet Money, released a comparison of post-recession job growth and loss of all fifty states from January 2008 to May 2014. The comparison shows Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job growth, with jobs shrinking by 2.4 percent in the Buckeye State. The data in this study is further evidence contrary to Governor Kasich’s claim of successful job creation.

In response, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Under John Kasich, Ohio’s economy is lagging behind while the rest of the nation recovers. In this study, Ohio’s job growth is pitiful, ranked at 41st behind most of the country. This is yet another indicator that Kasich’s policies of shifting the tax burden onto working families are not working, and not creating the jobs Ohioans need.”

This is another among many indicators that Ohio’s economic recovery is lagging behind the rest of the nation.   Among other concerns cited in Ohio’s economy since Governor Kasich took office:

  • Discouraged workers are driving Ohio’s dropping unemployment rate.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

o   Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

  • Ohio’s slowing job growth rate.  For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average. In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

o   When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate (.83%), lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

o   In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

  • Job gains are in lower paying industries than the jobs lost.  “Weekly hourly earnings in the industries that showed employment gains since the recession in Ohio range from $12 to about $25 per hour,” [Veronica Kalich, an economics professor at Baldwin Wallace University] said, adding that professional and business services came in a little higher. “Employment has not recovered in the higher paying jobs.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (7/7/2014), “Ohio has not recovered 120,000 jobs lost since the recession: some say number higher.”]

$20 million local heroin treatment shortfall begins today

Ohio Republican Party spokesman:

Drug treatment funding is nothing more than “more money for government”

Columbus – Today, a $20 million shortfall in local government substance abuse treatment takes affect under a new Kasich Administration policy in how it handles federal grant money for treatment.  [Source: Toledo Blade, (5/30/2014)]  In addition, recent budgetary changes by the Kasich Administration will redirect funding ordinarily given to local mental health and drug treatment boards and reallocate it for State spending.  [Source: Toledo Blade (6/30/2014), “Risky Budget.”]

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald and Democratic Attorney General nominee David Pepper have traveled the State raising awareness of these treatment funding shortfalls, the Ohio Republican Party accused those who criticized the cuts in local funding as nothing more than people “want[ing] more money for government.” [Source: Mansfield News Journal (6/5/2014)]

While Ohio Republicans call treatment dollars wasteful spending, officials on the frontline of the crisis say these cuts will have a real impact on struggling families and communities:

Executive Director of Lorain County’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board:  “People understand why families need support and treatment now more than ever. With this reduction, we’re going to have to tell them again services aren’t available unless you’re Medicaid eligible.” [AP, 5/23/2014]

Executive Director of the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board: “It’s going to reduce our available funds for community services that will be replaced by local levy dollars. Once again it’s an over-reliance on local funding to shore up what the state has started. We’re willing to do this because there are necessary services embedded with those dollars that are critical. Clients receiving those services should not be unduly impacted because of this funding change.” [Toledo Blade, 5/30/2014]

Executive Director of Butler County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board: “As more people come into residential services, Medicaid only pays for part of the bill, he said. It does not pay for room and board and supervision — ‘and those costs have increased,’ Bohley said. ‘(Medicaid expansion) is creating new demand for residential services and other services for childcare.’” [Journal News, 5/30/2014]

“The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, which represents local boards, suggested a one-year delay in the funding change to see if the recent Medicaid expansion could help.” [Plain Dealer, 5/30/2014]

BACKGROUND

Kasich & DeWine response to heroin is largely a State-driven program of community town halls that ignores local drug enforcement agencies.“Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine are spearheading a new “Start Talking” program to reduce heroin use in the state, especially for school-aged children. But, local drug enforcement agencies said they have not been included in the new statewide program.” [WKBN,4/29/2014]

Lack of Treatment Is “A Statewide Embarrassment,” State Officials Have Only Given a “Pep Talk”: The Plain Dealer has called the lack of treatment capacity a “statewide embarrassment.” [Plain Dealer, 2/18/14]. The Coshocton Tribune said that with few resources from the state, it is “disparaging when an elected official travels around the state giving what amounts to nothing more than a pep talk.” [Coshocton Tribune2/1/2014]

Ed Fitzgerald’s county heroin program called a “national model” by U.S. Attorney.  Steven M. Dettlebach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District Ohio praised the efforts of Cuyahoga County to tackle the heroin epidemic in Cuyahoga County as a protocol that “needs to be a national model.”  [Source: Cuyahoga County Government Press Conference (4/22/2014)]

Ohio Democratic Party Response to Suarez Verdict

Trial evidence shines light on Mandel’s continued misuse of public office

COLUMBUS- This afternoon, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court-Northern District of Ohio convicted Josh Mandel donor Benjamin Suarez on one count of obstruction of justice.

In response to today’s verdict, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Today’s verdict confirms what we have said for the past three years.  Josh Mandel used his official office to benefit a donor to his failed Senate campaign and that donor then took steps to cover up Josh’s efforts to protect the donor’s business.  From this trial, we learned that Josh Mandel was more personally involved to protect his donor than he has publicly acknowledged.  It’s yet another example of how Mandel has repeatedly failed to tell the truth and has abused the office for his political gain.”

BACKGROUND

“Illegal campaign cash scheme began after donor met with Mandel” [The Columbus Dispatch, (06/05/14)]

“[Assistant U.S. district attorney Carole] Rendon also said that in a private meeting on May 13, 2011—right at the time Suarez and the fundraiser for Mandel’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were working on a letter to the California state treasurer—Mandel asked Suarez to raise him $100,000.  A stack of checks was collected by Mandel’s fundraiser from Suarez right after that letter was mailed, Rendon said.”

Calls from Suarez to Mandel days before SCI workers donated” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, (06/23/2014)]

 “On Sept. 29, 2011, FBI agents went to the homes of the SCI donors. Then between Oct. 1, 2011 and Oct. 12, 2011, there were phone calls between Suarez’s phone line and Mandel’s.” [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/23/2014), “Ben Suarez trial: Calls from Suarez to Mandel days before SCI workers donated.”]

The same testimony also showed a number of phone calls between Suarez and Mandel as Mandel’s office worked on a letter to the California State Treasurer on behalf of Benjamin Suarez—a letter that was nearly verbatim of a draft Suarez suggested Mandel’s campaign that Mandel should send.

“Government’s case against Suarez at odds with statements by Mandel and staff” [Columbus Dispatch, (06/06/14)]

“When these letters first came to light through court records in the fall of 2013, Chris Berry, a spokesman for the treasurer’s office, told The Dispatch that Mandel ‘does not recall being personally involved with these constituent letters.’”

“Most manufacturers where workers earned treasurer’s new ‘Ohio Strong’ award give to GOP” [Associated Press, (05/29/14)]

“Campaign finance filings reviewed by the AP show Mandel’s re-election campaign received donations from executives at three of the firms within weeks of their skilled-trades employees being recognized. One executive said his contribution was solicited.”

“The findings raise questions about whether Mandel is using the nonmonetary Ohio Strong Award he launched in March to reward and attract political contributors as he faces Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich this fall.”

“Mandel’s tax-funded phone chats raise questions” [The Dayton Daily News, 06/08/14]

“The calls have the effect of introducing Mandel to tens of thousands of voters—invaluable to someone who is running for re-election”

“‘It sounds very much like electioneering to me,’ Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck said.  ‘To spend treasurer’s office money on that when the topics range so far and wide from what the treasurer’s office does makes it more electioneering-like.’”

Ohio Drops Down to 38th in Job Growth under Kasich

Since Kasich was elected, Ohio’s job growth has fallen from nearly twice the national average to less than half 

COLUMBUS – Yesterday, the Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business updated its nonpartisan job growth rate to include the May jobs report for Ohio.  Ohio dropped down to 38th in the country, falling behind most neighboring states. West Virginia is growing jobs at over three times the rate as Ohio.  Pennsylvania gained 24,700 jobs in May, nearly ten times more than Ohio.

In response to Ohio’s drop in ASU’s non-partisan job creation ranking, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“Since John Kasich was elected, Ohio’s job creation rate has dropped significantly. Our economy is growing less now than it was four years ago, and our incomes are falling. Each month, we see more evidence that Kasich’s policies of shifting the tax burden onto working families while gutting our schools and communities do not work for middle class Ohioans.”

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OHIO’S LATEST ECONOMIC NEWS:

“Everybody in Ohio, employed or not, is suffering from Ohio’s sub-par recovery from the 2007 recession.”—Economic Research Analyst George Zeller.  [Source:Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]

“Ohio hasn’t had the big rebound like other states.”—Michael Wolf, an economist with Wells Fargo & Co.[Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

“The Republicans’ relative silence on today’s report is telling. It speaks to the overall meh-ness of the numbers…” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/20/2014), “BLS Hysteria, June edition.”]

BACKGROUND

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

Ohio still has nearly 140,000 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels—the fifth highest deficit in the nation.  Ohio has 139,900 jobs left to regain before returning to its pre-recession number of jobs it had in June 2007.  Alaska, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah all have regained all the jobs lost recession roughly a year ago, yet Ohio has the fifth largest amount of jobs left to regain to reach its pre-recession numbers.   Neighboring West Virginia reached its pre-recession jobs number back in February.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, seasonally adjusted (accessed 6/19/2014.)]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 38th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 38th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/23/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

When adjusted for inflation, Ohio incomes fell the last three quarters of 2013.  According to a U.S. Department of Labor report, the “average wage fell by more than one percentage point” in the fourth quarter of 2013 after falling the second and third quarter.  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (6/19/2014), “Wages flat in Ohio, decline locally; state job growth below national average, Labor Department says.”]

For the 19th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to the May jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “Ohio has now gone 19 consecutive months with Ohio’s job growth below the U.S.A. national average.”  [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/21/2014), “Ohio's jobless rate of 5.5% lowest since April 2007.”]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator(4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 than it did in 2010. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8% in 2013.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (6/11/2014).]

Last year, thirty other states had stronger personal income growth than Ohio.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio ranked 31st in the nation, trailing the national average, in personal income growth.  Ohio also ranked 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.  [U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (3/25/2014).]

ConAgra Foods announces its closing two plants, laying off 170 employees.  This morning, ConAgra Foods announced that it would close two Ohio plants in a cost-saving operations consolidation move.  In 2012, 25 positions were eliminated at the ConAgra plant in Marion, resulting in a reduction of shifts.  [Source:  Marion Star (6/6/2014), “ConAgra Foods closing plants.”]

Anchor Hocking’s flagship plant in Lancaster reportedly may close for good.  “Anchor Hocking has given notice to employees that its Lancaster plant could permanently close as soon as August if the parent company does not find a long-term solution to its financial crisis.  The glassmaker, with more than 1,100 workers in the city, has been idle since mid-May.” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/8/2014), “Anchor Hocking could close for good.”]

U.S. has more jobs before the recession, but Ohio lags under Kasich’s failed policies

Ohio has fifth largest jobs deficit, has not returned to pre-recession levels like other states

COLUMBUSThis morning, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the May jobs report figures for Ohio.  Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in May, but only because 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market.  The survey of Ohio households in May actually showed the number of employed Ohioans actually dropped by 4,000.

In response to today’s May jobs report for Ohio, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:

“Nationally, we’re seeing a better job rate than before the recession began, but not in Ohio, where we still have over 140,000 jobs to regain—the fifth largest jobs deficit in the country.   Ohio’s labor force has been shrinking for the past three months because over 38,000 frustrated Ohioans gave up hope of finding a job.  Each month we see more evidence that under John Kasich, our economy, our job growth, and our paychecks continue to lag behind the rest of the nation. Kasich’s policies of shifting the tax burden onto working families while gutting our schools and communities do not work for middle class Ohioans.”

BACKGROUND

Nationally, the country now has more jobs than it did at its pre-recession level.  With today’s national jobs report for May, the country now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 recession.  [Source: New York Times (6/6/2014), “In Jobs Report, Two Milestones.”]

Ohio still has nearly 140,000 jobs to regain to return to its pre-recession levels—the fifth highest deficit in the nation.  Ohio has 139,900 jobs left to regain before returning to its pre-recession number of jobs it had in June 2007.  Alaska, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah all have regained all the jobs lost recession roughly a year ago, yet Ohio has the fifth largest amount of jobs left to regain to reach its pre-recession numbers.   Neighboring West Virginia reached its pre-recession jobs number back in February.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, seasonally adjusted (accessed 6/19/2014.)]

Unemployment rate drop has been fueled by people leaving the workforce, not job creation.  Since Kasich took office, Ohioans labor market has shrunk by 79,000.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, 79,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the labor market since Kasich took office. In May alone, over 14,000 Ohioans dropped out of the labor market after shrinking 13,500 in April and 11k in March for a total drop of 38,500 for the last three months. [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, LAUS Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)]

Economist: “A declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.”  Mekael Teshome, an economist for PNC Bank noted that recent drops in the unemployment rate “wasn’t entirely for the right reasons” noting that “[a] declining labor force doesn’t have anything to do with a healing economy.” [Source: Youngstown Vindicator (4/23/2014), “Economists cast doubt on unemployment figures.”]

Ohio’s economy grew less in 2013 than it did in 2010.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio’s GDP grew 2.5% in 2010 compared to the initial projected 1.8% in 2013.  [Source:  U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (6/11/2014).]

Last year, thirty other States had stronger personal income growth than Ohio.  According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Ohio ranked 31st in the nation, trailing the national average, in personal income growth.  Ohio also ranked 30th in the nation in per capita personal income.  [U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis, Press Release (3/25/2014).]

When Kasich was elected Governor, Ohio’s job creation rate was nearly twice that of the national rate.  Now, Ohio’s ranked 36th in job creation.  In November 2010, Ohio’s job creation rate was 1.02% compared to the national average of  .54%.  Now, Ohio is ranked 36th in the nation with a job growth rate  (.83%) lower than it was in 2010. [Source: Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, “Job Growth USA” website (accessed 6/6/2014)]

In 2010, Ohio created over 55,000 new jobs — more than it did in 2013 under Kasich.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio created 55,100 jobs in 2010, a year before Kasich took office, while only creating 50,400 jobs last year.  [Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CES Survey, seasonally adjusted (accessed 5/8/2014)].

For the 18th straight month, Ohio’s job creation rate has been lower than the national average.  In reaction to today’s jobs report, economic research analyst George Zeller noted, “”This is the 18th consecutive month that Ohio’s job growth rate was below the national average.”  [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (5/16/2014), “Ohio's unemployment rate down to 5.7% because of job gains, but also shrinking labor force.”]

ConAgra Foods announces its closing two plants, laying off 170 employees.  This morning, ConAgra Foods announced that it would close two Ohio plants in a cost-saving operations consolidation move.  In 2012, 25 positions were eliminated at the ConAgra plant in Marion, resulting in a reduction of shifts.  [Source:  Marion Star (6/6/2014), “ConAgra Foods closing plants.”]

Anchor Hocking’s flagship plant in Lancaster reportedly may close for good.  “Anchor Hocking has given notice to employees that its Lancaster plant could permanently close as soon as August if the parent company does not find a long-term solution to its financial crisis.  The glassmaker, with more than 1,100 workers in the city, has been idle since mid-May.” [Source: Columbus Dispatch (6/8/2014), “Anchor Hocking could close for good.”]

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