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Ohio jobs at center of governor candidates debate

By admin Published: September 16, 2010

Ann Sanner
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: The candidates for Ohio governor seem to agree that their race comes down to jobs.

But in their first debate this week, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and his Republican rival John Kasich were all over the place on the issue. The two disagreed on the extent of Ohio unemployment, how many jobs the state has outsourced and the size of the government work force.

Claims from both men don't tell the whole story. There are 388,000 fewer jobs than when Strickland took office in 2007. But the latest figures from July show there are more jobs than a year ago.

State government employment has indeed shrunk on Strickland's watch. But it's unclear how much of that resulted from retirements or people leaving state government for other reasons.

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