President Obama has touted Ohio’s dropping unemployment rate as a statistic showing that his manufacturing policy has been a success. Unfortunately, the statistic is skewed in the same way as the national statistics: Ohioans are dropping out of the workforce entirely.
If the same number of people were in the workforce in Ohio as were in the workforce back in January 2009, the unemployment rate in the state would only have dropped from 10.6 percent to 9.3 percent.
And as Breitbart News has reported in the past, the actual unemployment rate would be far higher if the state weren’t hiring at a high level in government and university jobs. Private sector jobs have been bleeding out of Ohio in September. As we reported, “when you take out the 50,000 jobs that [Governor] Kasich and local governments have put into education, Ohio’s unemployment rate would not have dipped from 7.2% to 7.0%, as the Obama campaign would have you believe; the unemployment rate would have risen in September from 7.2% to 7.95%, just under 8%.” That number would be far higher with the same number in the workforce as in 2009.