On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Buckeye State is Number 5 in job growth during the first six months of 2011:
Ohio is still the top industrial state in job growth, trailing only resource-rich North Dakota, immigration-reforming Oklahoma, and much smaller Nebraska and Montana.
I’ve also highlighted Michigan and Wisconsin because they are two states which elected Republican governors after disastrous Democratic regimes. The Badger State’s public-sector unions may not like what Scott Walker is doing, but it would appear that the state’s workers as a whole should be relatively pleased. Ohioans should be feeling the same way about what has happened thus far under John Kasich.
Also noteworthy: Downward revisions to April and May in the June report were significant. Ohio didn’t escape those revisions, but they weren’t nearly as bad as in many other states. Illinois, for example, has added only 53,900 jobs year-to-date through June, when May’s five-month report had an estimate of 64,400.
UPDATE: I know it’s not apples-to-apples, but the economy as a whole has added 757,000 seasonally adjusted jobs this year. The 10 states listed above, all but one of which has a Republican Governor (and Montana is a usually a presidential election red state) have added 390,400 of them, or just over half, even though they only have about 20% of the nation’s population.
UPDATE 2: Gateway Pundit points out that Wisconsin picked up 9,000 jobs in June, which in the context of population is a better June performance than Ohio’s. The Badger State’s unemployment rate, like Ohio’s, also increased, but that’s because, as is the case in Ohio, more people started looking for work in what is perceived as a better business climate.