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Ted Strickland’s TurnAround Ohio Plan Keeps Working: 11.2% Unemployment!

From the ODJFS:

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent in July, up slightly from 11.1 percent in June, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 9,800 over the month, from 5,113,100 in June to 5,122,900 in July.

“Ohio’s labor market remained relatively unchanged in July,” ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said. “Job gains in service-providing industries were partially offset by job losses in goods-producing sectors.”

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 664,000, up from 663,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 265,000 in the past 12 months from 399,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.7 percent in July 2008.

When reached for comment about why the unemployment rate has more than doubled on the Governor’s watch and Ohio now ranks “next to last in economic performance,” Strickland’s robot spokesbabe Amanda Wurst once again said:


And in unexpected news, even with OSU and so many government jobs existing in Columbus, the city is apparently worse off than Cleveland. Congratulations Columbus, and good luck with your higher income tax!

At this point, I would typically take yet another obligatory and gratuitous shot at the Governor. But this time, I’ll turn the stage over to SoS Jennifer Brunner, who had this to say to Brent Larkin:

“As one of my supporters in Cleveland suggested, by the time we get to 2010, the governor will be held by the people of Ohio squarely responsible for the economy — deservedly or not,” (Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner) told me last week. “If you have on the top of the ballot the person responsible for Ohio’s economy [Strickland] and the one responsible for providing jobs for Ohio [Fisher, in his former role as development director], that’s not going to play well for Democrats.”

Wurst is the Best

James Nash of The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Lottery’s new Keno game is grossly underperforming. Could this be a sign that the MTR VLTs, which was one of the handful of gimmicks that Ted Strickland used to “balance” the state budget, will also underperform? The answer is “no”, according to Gov. Strickland’s information minister:

Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst said Keno’s disappointing numbers aren’t a harbinger of slots’ performance.

“Video lottery terminals are a very different product and a very different game,” Wurst said.

She said the administration’s estimates took into account the slumping economy and are based on slots’ performance in neighboring states such as Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Phew! That is a relief. Thank you, Amanda.

And no matter the result, as long as MTR provides the machines, MTR lobbyist Chris Redfern & the Ohio Democrat Party will get theirs.

William Hershey vs. Amanda Wurst

William Hershey is so tired of Strickland’s Friday at 5pm major announcements that he made his spokesbabe part of the story. Ouch!:

Amanda Wurst, Strickland’s always polite but seldom forthcoming spokeswoman, declined to say whether the governor had asked Dolan to quit.

Question for you- When did Amanda Wurst become Ted Strickland’s most visible information minister? There are all types of stories about changeovers in Strickland’s communications staff because of personal matters, but no one seems to know the entire story. Where is former SEIU spokesman Keith Daily?