Who Gets Credit for Ohio's Economic Turnaround?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Ohio voters await results on election night. (Chris Hondros/Getty)

Over the course of the past few years, Ohio has gone from being an economic disaster zone to one of the most employed states in the union. The current state of the Ohio economy is a far cry from 2009 when the state was shedding tens of thousands of jobs a month.

But who should be credited with this sudden turnaround? Is it President Barack Obama? Or the state's leadership? And what does this economic success mean for the swing state come November?

ML Schultze is the news director at WKSU in Cleveland.


M.L. Schultze

Produced by:

Rebecca Klein

Comments [1]


John Hockenberry very consciously called this morning's employment numbers "good news."

That's spin.

Other news reporting services, less ideologically devoted to progrissive politics, have called this morning's jobs report "bad news." Bad news, in that job creation continues to be slow. The morning numbers were a disapointment in that regard.

More bad news, in that a stunningly large number of Americans are dropping out of the labor force.

And as John was reminded by a caller, labor participation rates continue to fall, as they have consistently throughout the Obama presidency. Influenced, no doubt, by increasing government transfer payments to non-workers. As is Obama policy.

The only "good news" was the forced calculation of overall unemployment, which didn't get worse (due to the aforesaid factors) but only remained merely "poor."

I would expect an Obama Administration to take that picture and call it "good news." And that is what we heard from John Hockenberry.

I would not have any expectation that an objective journalist would call the numbers good. But Hockenberry did.

Sep. 07 2012 09:39 AM

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