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  •  Hard Ohio data for ammunition (4.00)
    For economic data to help back up your letters to the editor after tonight's debate, use this link  to employment and income data from the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. Among other data sets, this site includes a handy table breaking down total employment by county and another one showing total employment trends for northeast Ohio counties. In particular, pay attention to total job loss in this rustbelt state, in addition to the huge recent loss of manufacturing jobs.  Their analysis is well worth quoting:

    Greater Cleveland and Ohio have been hit very hard by the current economic recession. Job losses have been much steeper during 2000-2004 than they were during the 1990-1992 recession. Cuyahoga County lost more than 8% of its jobs between 2000 and 2004, a loss of 63,900 jobs. Ohio was also hit very hard by the recession. Between the first quarter of 2000 and the first quarter of 2004, Ohio lost 5% of its jobs, a loss of 263,507 jobs. Astonishingly, between 2000 and 2004 the United States lost 710,000 jobs.
    More than one third of the jobs lost in the USA during the 2000's recession were in Ohio alone.
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    Nevertheless, it is now known that Cuyahoga County lost 21.4% of its manufacturing jobs between the first quarter of 2001 and the first quarter of 2004. Cuyahoga County's loss of manufacturing jobs during the last three years is now up to 23,978 jobs. Additional manufacturing jobs were lost prior to 1Q 2001, and after 1Q 2004. But, even given this technical constraint, the current magnitude of local manufacturing job losses is startling and stunning. The loss of more than one-fifth of all local manufacturing jobs in only three years has been a devastating blow to Cleveland.
    On a statewide basis, Ohio lost 17% of its manufacturing jobs between 2001-2004, a loss of 167,655 manufacturing jobs. This has been a catatrophic [sic] blow to the economy of the state of Ohio. It caused soaring poverty and plunging incomes during the 2000's in Ohio, and it caused additional job losses in other industries as the gigantic manufacturing job losses rippled through the rest of Ohio's economy. By far the worst losses in Ohio were in Springfield, where Clark County has lost 39% of its manufacturing jobs since 2001. The recent loss of two-fifths of all manufacturing jobs in Springfield has literally created "depression" conditions in Springfield. Stark County (Canton) and Lorain County (Lorain-Elyria) have also lost more than one fourth of their manufacturing jobs just since 2001.

    Here's the thing to remember to stress out of all this info:
    Ohio has lost 263,507 jobs since Bush came into office, which was 5% of all the jobs in the state. Since March 1986 and for every single month since then, Ohio's job growth has been well below the national average. The recession has made this situation even worse, but the job loss problem in Ohio is a critical issue that is begging for practical solutions. The candidates that come up with rational domestic policies that address this issue should be in the White House (and that ain't Bush/Cheney, cuz they got nothing)

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