From the Ohio Republican Party, in an email:
The latest job numbers came out today and in the month of July, Ohioans created 5,300 new jobs. That puts our total at 47,500 private sector jobs created for the year and 174,700 created since January 2011.
This is all great news, but there is still a lot more work to do. Remember, the Democrats want to take Ohio backward to the days of record job losses and huge budget shortfalls. It’s up to each of us to keep our friends and neighbors informed that Ohio is coming back.
Seriously, we’re supposed to be impressed that in 30 months, the state has added an average of 5,823 private-sector jobs per month — after losing over 400,000 during the era of Ted Strickland — and that the past month came in below that pathetic average. Just roughing it out against 400K, it looks like it will take over three additional years to get back to pre-Strickland private sector employment levels if the state returns to its post-Jan. 2011 monthly average starting next month.
The government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics won’t issue its full report until Monday — and unlike last month, it doesn’t look like anyone jumped the gun on posting some of the numbers at BLS’s detailed tables. So I’ll hold further comment until sometime Monday.