New data was released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today, and it contained some great information for Ohio.
From January 2011 to January 2012, Ohio was #5 in Job Creation. This is data direct from the BLS, folks, so no one can make some lame argument that Kasich is cooking the books. Check it out here on the BLS website, Table E.
2. New York
That also makes us #1 in the midwest.
Guess where we ranked during the previous 4 years?
Now, there's a reason we are using our rank as compared to other states. The opposition will try to argue that Ted Strickland was the victim of a bad recession that affected all states. And that's partially true. All states suffered. But by seeing where your state compared with all of the others during the same time period, you see how well (or poorly) your state is performing against the national trend.
48th under Strickland. 5th under John Kasich. That pretty much says it all.
What's more, of the 62,500 jobs created during 2011, 2/3 of them have come since July, when we started under the Governor's new budget. There's certainly a long way to go, but under Governor Kasich's leadership, we are definitely back on the right track.