Kasich touts Ohio job growth at Niles GOP banquet

NILES — Gov. John Kasich, seeking re-election, touted job creation in the state under his leadership saying when he took over in January 2011 that Ohio was 48th in the nation in job growth and new statistics show it is No. 5 in the past three years.

The Republican governor was the keynote speaker today at the Mahoning Valley McKinley Club’s 99th annual banquet in the Niles McKinley Memorial Auditorium. It was Kasich’s fourth time as the event’s main speaker.

Updated employment data today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Ohio was No. 5 in job creation since January 2011, when Kasich became governor, and Ohio is No. 1 in the Midwest since January 2011.

“We’re up 238,000 jobs, and we have to keep going,” he said. “We know we’re on the right track now.”

The state’s unemployment rate of 6.9 percent is above the national average of 6.6 percent.

The campaign of Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive seeking the gubernatorial seat, sees it differently.

“For us, it’s pretty simple: 400,000 Ohioans are still unemployed,” said Lauren Hitt, campaign spokeswoman for Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat running for governor. Kasich “shouldn’t be doing victory laps.”

For the complete story, read Tuesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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