Of all the annoyances in the world, this one’s nowhere near the top of the list. But it is annoying, and since it comes what’s supposed to be the home team, it deserves vetting.
The annoyance, constantly pounded by ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) in its emails, is the true but spectacularly unimpressive claim that Ohio has added 174,700 private-sector jobs since January 2011.
Well, 174,700 is a big-sounding number. But where does this put Ohio compared to other states, and what has the Republican-dominated government and legislature done to make job creation in Ohio easier lately?
I’ll get to the lately part, defined as the past 12 months, right now. The answer is “not much, compared to other neighboring and midwestern states:
Ohio is 46th in seasonally percentage job growth during the past 12 months.
Okay, this is overall job growth and not the private sector. Fine, let’s look at the private sector during the past year for the same eight states:
Ohio is sixth among the eight states under review (the not seasonally adjusted numbers have Ohio barely in 5th; its 62,400 jobs added represents 1.40% employment growth over 12 months, edging out Illinois at 1.39%).
I haven’t looked at all 50 states and DC, but I seriously doubt that Ohio’s private-sector job growth in the past year is anywhere near the top half of all states and DC.
The news gets worse if you look at the Household Survey employment numbers instead of the Establishment Survey’s payroll employment numbers, and even worse when you segregate Ohio’s own politician-dominated beltway in and around Columbus from the rest of the state. That work will follow later when the metro numbers are released later this week.
ORPINO and the Kasich administration are going to have to concoct some other way to impress Ohioans.
Hey, how about jettisoning that ill-advised quadrupling of the severance tax and abandoning Medicaid expansion? Not doing these two things is clearly holding back job growth — just about everywhere but in Metro Columbus, that is.