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Not Quite ‘Right Said Ted’

Unemployment in Ohio is pretty darn bad. Not Michigan-level bad, or Nevada-level bad, but 11 percent unemployment is still higher than the national average. And some cities are considerably worse: Dayton and Lima are at 12.5 percent, Toledo is at 13.4 percent, Youngstown is at 13.7 percent, and Steubenville, over by the West Virginia border, is at 15.3 percent.

It’s tough to be an incumbent governor like Ted Strickland, who promised to create jobs during his 2006 campaign. It can leave you a little tongue-tied. The folks who prefer John Kasich are using a bit of David Spade to showcase Strickland’s less-than-fully-coherent answer:

I presume the governor was trying to emphasize that the state actually created 4,900 jobs in the previous month, but the unemployment rate actually increased because the number of people looking for work increased — i.e., people who were not part of the workforce got back in and started looking.

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