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…and things keep getting worse.

Today it was announced that Ohio’s unemployment rate is at a staggering 10.2%.

Want some other ways to think about this staggering number?

  • More than one out of 10 Ohioans are out of work.
  • An increase of 235,000 jobs lost since April of 2008.
  • 15% higher than the national unemployment rate.
  • Up 92% since Strickland took office.

Now, one would imagine that if unemployment in your state had increased by 92% since you took office, then you’d likely make it one of your priorities to solve the issue.

Well, after a quick review of the Governor’s website, the last press release that addressed job growth was about the creation of a Minority Business Council back on April 14th.

Before that, on December 17, 2008, a press release stating the Strickland Administration’s delight about the Cooper Tire and Rubber Company deciding to stay in Ohio.

Back on October 1st, 2008, Strickland signed an executive order establishing the Economic Growth Cabinet. Obviously, they’ve been hard at work.

And on June 12th of 2008 he announced the signing of the Ohio Economic Stimulus Bill which has since cost taxpayers $1.5 billion and seen a loss of 178,000 jobs.

You can either start laughing or crying now.

That’s four press releases in the past year that addressed efforts by the Strickland Administration to create or retain jobs within the state.

Four. Out of 124 in twelve months of staggering job losses.

This has gone beyond shameful into downright negligence.

It’s about time Ohioans started recognizing the tragedy that is the Strickland Administration.

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