Ted Strickland’s big news misses the big picture.

Yesterday, Ted Strickland couldn’t have been happier at being a part of GM’s decision to bring in a 3rd shift, and with it, 1200 jobs, to its factory in Lordstown.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m happy Lordstown is gaining the jobs.

But Ted Strickland is missing the big picture.

According to the last employment report
, 21,891 fewer Ohioans were employed in December than were employed in November.

In the past year, there are 195,592 more unemployed Ohioans, not counting the underemployed and those that have simply given up.

Since Strickland became Governor, even the labor force has shrunk by 65,960.

And Ted thinks he can save his job by crowing about 1,200 jobs?

Ohio’s problems are far bigger than what Ted seems to be willing to admit. And Ohioans know it because they live it every day.

With nearly 22k fewer employed Ohioans just in the last month, Ohio clearly is not moving in the right direction, and begging Washington for more stimulus dollars isn’t going to solve that.