News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business

New debate over who is responsible for drop in Ohio's unemployment rate
The rate went down from 7.4 to 7.3 in May
This story is part of a special series.

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s unemployment rate is down again. The rate was 7 point three percent in May, down from seven point four percent in April. No one is disputing this is good news for Ohio…..but as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo ingles reports, there is a debate over who should get credit for it.

Ingles on unemployment rate credit

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:22)

Ohio Governor John Kasich says the news that Ohio’s unemployment rate has declined again in May is somewhat unexpected. 

"I frankly was anticipating we’d have a bump up in the unemployment rate but it looks like we have gotten stronger.  And it’s fantastic to see these numbers go down."

Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family services says the drop in the unemployment rate is good news.

"The unemployment rate was 7 point 3 in May.  That’s down from 7 point 4 In April.  And the state added almost 20 thosuand jobs." 

Governor John Kasich says his policies are responsible for the improving job numbers.

"Yea, it’s good news.  94 thousand jobs since we came in to the positive.  But look, I worry about the winds from Washington."

But if you listen to Democratic Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman, speaking on behalf of President Obama’s re-election campaign, there’s no reason to worry about the winds from Washington.  Coleman says President Obama is responsible for lower unemployment rates in Ohio.

"It’s directly related to the policies of this president and frankly the president should take credit for that because his policies have helped turn this state and our nation around.  It is steady, steady growth in the state of Ohio and there’s a lot to do and we are not out of the woods yet but you know what….we are coming out and the state is moving in the right direction."

Coleman says President Obama took over at a point that was the worst recession since the depression.  And he says the president’s policies are helping but he says there’s still more work to do.  Governor Kasich agrees that there’s a lot of work to do.  He says more needs to be done to make sure workers are better trained and students are better prepared for college.  And he says cutting regulations and cutting taxes are helping to bring more jobs to Ohio.  The buckeye state’s unemployment rate remains lower than the national unemployment rate.  It was 8 point 2 ini May…up from 8 point one in April but down from 9 percent in May of last year.

Listener Comments:

Whats the difference between High Speed Universities and “Brick and Mortar?” Online pays for the education. It does not pay for athletic programs or programs that are not beneficial to all. There is no socio-economic or social cast systems.

Posted by: janet pittard (us) on June 17, 2012 2:06AM
Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

More join the battle against Ohio's current forfeiture laws
NOT TRUE IN OHIO! ! My cousin's 8 rental houses were siezed in the early 2000s. He was a decorated Cleveland Police officer and detective (now retired). His dis...

Great Lakes conference considers a range of threats
Your article states "Studies discovered over half of all PAHs found in the Great Lakes region come from a single source: Coal tar sealants.". I'm curious to whi...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University