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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Saturday, October 23, 2004

    Jobs up, Ohio economy...well that's another matter 

    Ohio gained 5,500 jobs in September, which is good news. The question is, of course, what kind of jobs. How much do they pay? Can a person support a family with this new job? The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services does not provide these answers in its monthly reports, but at least in this final tally before Election Day, the state made gains. It had lost 12,000 jobs in August. Ohioblog knows too many out-of-work, under-employed Ohioans to being doing cartwheels. In fact, the jobs in Ohio's wheelhouse fell yet again. There are 600 fewer manufacturing jobs, raising the total to 171,000 (a 17.1 percent decline) since 2001. Presidents don't create job (unless he takes the country to war and the armed services must hire more people), but in a state where the economy is not as good as elsewhere it is pertinent to note that Ohio has lost 17,900 jobs during the past 12 months and 232,100 since President Bush took office. Of that total, 174,300 were manufacturing jobs, which pay well if compared to most service jobs.

    Mark Zandi, chief economist at Economy.com told Plain Dealer reporter Alison Grant that the Ohio economy is arguably the weakest in the nation and ``certainly not the president's friend...I'm sure voters vote base on other things.'' That is likely, with terrorism and war being of greater import to those who actually have jobs. Were other factors not more important than the economy, Ohio would not continue to be an economically dead battleground state locked in a dead heat.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:01 AM



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