COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to today’s jobs report and the overall economic picture in Ohio:
“Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, Ohio was struggling economically. The Buckeye State lost 12,500 jobs from January 2019 to January 2020, which made 2019 the worst year for jobs in Ohio since the Great Recession. Many parts of Ohio that are heavily dependent on manufacturing have struggled with job losses, and Ohio’s farm bankruptcy filings were at a decade-high level in 2019.
“Now we’re in a devastating economic crisis, with more than 1.4 million Ohioans filing for unemployment in the last 15 weeks, and in the past week we’ve seen coronavirus cases surge. It’s clear that Donald Trump’s chaotic response to the coronavirus threat has made the health crisis and the economic crisis worse, and they could soon be much worse as the outbreak accelerates. Workers are being laid off for the second time, and many small businesses have closed for good. Trump promised the coronavirus was ‘going to disappear,’ but more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs — this pandemic isn’t going to disappear anytime soon.
“Donald Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohioans are paying the price.”