Ohio had a tough March on the employment front, losing 20,400 jobs. Apply the losses for a year, and the decline mirrors the rate in a deep recession. Of course, one month in an uncertain recovery hardly tells the whole story.
Which Rob Nichols, the spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, was quick to relay on Friday after the numbers were released. Noteworthy, too, is how the message has turned. Nichols wasn’t quite so devoted to perspective when he was arguing a few years ago that Ted Strickland alone destroyed 400,000 jobs in Ohio. Might the trouble have been something larger than a single governor?