Gov. John Kasich trumpeted job creation in Ohio since the day his administration "walked in the door'' - up from 48th under the last administration to fifth now, he said - and he laid down his plans to continue the growth through training and education.
"Since January 2011, Ohio is now the No. 1 job-producing state in the Midwest'' and seventh in the United States the last year, said Kasich, using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Monday to extol the Buckeye State's turnaround since he became governor in 2011.
"Folks, that makes me feel great because kind of the way I was raised is to think about what you can do to help other folks be successful," Kasich said.
Photo provided/Gov. John Kasich, the guest speaker at Monday’s Mahoning Valley William McKinley Club dinner in Niles, talks about the state of Ohio’s economy. In the background is a bust of the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley, who was born in Niles in 1843.
Kasich, a Republican who is running for a second term, visited the region this week where he spoke at the Mahoning Valley William McKinley Club dinner in Niles.
Among other numbers Kasich touted was that Ohio is up 238,000 jobs "in the three-year period of time in which this administration has been charge.''
Kasich drew sharp criticism from the campaign of his presumed Democrat challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and from Mahoning County Democrat Party Chairman David Betras.
"There's been nothing miraculous about John Kasich's economy for the middle class families of the Mahoning Valley,'' said FitzGerald campaign spokesman Daniel McElhatton.
Kasich said the state has put $1 billion in kindergarten through 12th grade education, and his mid-biennium review of the budget addresses problems in education and includes tax cuts "to have ourselves in a position to grow more jobs.''
In the works and nearly ready to be rolled out, said Kasich, is a system in which students in Ohio can see "in-demand'' jobs "so that when you are a student you get trained for something that exists, not something that is just purely theoretical.''
The website that will be available in a limited form next month also will be provided to universities and community colleges, and it will let students see what jobs are in-demand, what those jobs pay and what it takes to get those jobs.