Ohio unemployment rate highest in nearly 15 years

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Ohio's unemployment rate is the highest it's been since October 1993, nearly 15 years ago.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued a news release last week reporting that the unemployment rate in Ohio was 6.6 percent in June. (The U.S. rate was 5.5 percent, while the Erie County rate was 5.9 percent.)

The Ohio Republican Party picked up on the statistic in a recent news release criticizing Gov. Ted Strickland for creating a new $115,000-a-year job in the Ohio Department of Development for an incumbent Republican lawmaker, Jim Raussen. Raussen's exit from his House race makes it more likely Democrats will pick up an additional House seat.

"Ohio's unemployment rate is at its highest level in 15 years, but at least the Strickland administration managed to create one job this month," said Kevin DeWine, deputy chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

I didn't want to trust a partisan news release, so I called Job and Family Services spokesman Brian Harter.

"The last time it was 6.6 percent was October of 1993," Harter said.

The governor in 1993 was George Voinovich, a Republican. Voinovich, now a U.S. senator, was governor from 1991 to 1998.

Comments

Anonymous

You're no different than Redfurn and the rest of the political idiots here in Sandusky. By unemployment being up while you are in office actually shows the voters what an idiot you are and your lack of ability to run the state. One more thing Theodore, you also contributed to the unemployment rate when you over stepped your bounds by involving yourself in the two troopers being fired. Remember the black community will not get you re elected Theodore.

Anonymous (not ...

It's way past time to lower Ohio's corporate marginal tax rate and fully eliminate the individual income tax.

Sell the Ohio Turnpike and bring in several billion dollars to temporarily offset the state revenue loss.

Open the Marcellus Shale to oil and nat. gas drilling. This will bring in revenue and jobs.

The same old failed socialist state politics of the last few decades has brought Ohio to this sad state as a national basket case.

Ohio desperately needs a private capital infusion. Capital flows where it is most rewarded. With high business and individual taxes along with excessive regulation, capital, entrepreneurs and people continue to flee the state.

What’s Gov. Strickland’s answer for rejuvenating the state? Keno!

Anonymous (not ...

With the passage of Comrade Gov. Strickland’s Ohio Healthy Families Act, this measly current 15 yr. high unemployment rate could potentially reach levels not seen since the 1930s.

With Canada and Mexico being respectively Ohio’s first and second largest foreign export market for goods, when will Comrade Gov. Strickland begin to bash NAFTA?

Comrade Gov. Strickland should move Ohio’s unemployment offices to bars that have Keno. Think of it as one stop taxpayer and worker fleecing.

Anonymous

Vote Obama

Anonymous (not ...

Buck Fush: 'Vote Obama'

Why?

Believing that politicians will solve the systemic economic and social problems of the U.S. when the political class has created the majority of them demonstrates naiveté.

The practice of bleeding the patient more and more to cure the condition originally caused by blood loss generally results in their demise.