Columbus, OH — In June 2020 — one year ago today — the unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.9 percent. At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, more than 13,000 COVID-19 cases in Ohio were confirmed in one day, with deaths and hospitalizations in the hundreds. Ohioans were told to prepare for the worst, with some experts predicting the country would remain at limited capacity until 2022.
This weekend, just over 100 days into President Joe Biden’s first term in office, Ohio reached a benchmark of less than 50 cases per 100,000 residents. Ohio’s unemployment rate is 4.7 percent. And Ohioans are getting back together with loved ones, safely gathering in person and celebrating at restaurants after they get their vaccines.
Thanks to the leadership of President Biden, Senator Brown and Ohio’s Democratic Congressional Delegation — and no thanks to Ohio Republicans in Congress who all voted against the American Rescue Plan — Ohio is back on the road to recovery, with shots in arms, money in pockets and workers in jobs. But Ohio Democrats know our work isn’t done yet. As President Biden said to a Cleveland audience last month, building back isn’t good enough, we have to Build Back Better.
And that’s exactly what Ohio Democrats are doing. Last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown toured the state calling for critical infrastructure investments that will continue to move the state forward, by not only fixing Ohio’s roads and bridges, but also creating jobs for Ohioans and providing important support for Ohioans returning to work. Brown and Ohio Democrats are making their case directly to Ohio voters: we’re investing in you because we’re on your side.
“Thanks to Democratic leadership, Ohio is back on the right track after a long, hard year. But we’re not settling for good enough. We’re building back better, pushing for critical investments in infrastructure and working families that will create jobs and help Ohioans get ahead,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.
Read more about Brown’s tour here: