Unemployment Figures Read Differently Between Kasich and Economist
At his marathon press conference looking back on his first year in office, Gov. Kasich talked up the falling unemployment rate, which has gone from 9% to 8.5%.
"If the numbers went up you'd be whacking me so why don't we take a little bit of credit for the fact that this is the single biggest drop in the unemployment numbers in 28 years."
But Amy Hanauer with the progressive leaning economic think tank Policy Matters Ohio says the reality is that Ohio isn't creating enough jobs.
"Since about a year ago, 61,000 Ohio workers have stopped looking for jobs, left the labor force, and are no longer counted in the unemployment rate."
Hanauer supports stimulus spending to create public sector jobs, which has little to no support among many Republicans, including Kasich.