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State Says Job Growth Rate Outpaces The National Rate

Ohio Public Radio

After no measureable job growth last year, the 20 thousand new private sector jobs created in Ohio in May means the state is outpacing the nation  so far this year. 

But Governor John Kasich warns that will change if leaders take their eye off the ball.  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow explains. 

Kasich claims more than 520,000 jobs have been created since he became governor in 2011. Now that he’s preparing to leave office, he’s crediting business-friendly policies and JobsOhio, the private, not-for-profit job creating vehicle. But he again warned the candidates who want to replace him not to change it.


Kasich: “If you begin to pick and tick away at JobsOhio and turn it into another government bureaucracy, if you do not involve the business leaders in terms of understanding what makes things work, if you don’t get involved in workforce development, these gains that we’ve made could be lost.”


One Ohio Now, a labor advocate, says Ohio still ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of job growth this year and argues that the fastest growing jobs are nearly all low-paying jobs.

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