Governor Ted Strickland says Ohio is beginning to show signs of coming out of this economic recession. He says Ohio was ranked number three in the country for creating jobs two months ago, and it added 17,000 additional jobs last month. But Strickland feels more needs to be done.
"We need jobs desperately. This recession has hurt people. It has caused vast unemployment, " says Zanesville Mayor, Howard Zwelling.
Local companies have been hit by the economy and forced to make cuts, and that’s leaving some local residents without work, struggling to stay afloat.
"We need jobs to replace those people that lost their jobs with Leer. We needs jobs to replace those lost at Longaberger, " says Zwelling.
Strickland met with Zwelling and other county officials to tour the Bloomer Candy Company Monday afternoon. He says manufacturing may become a key player in the Buckeye State again, despite the fall of steel mills and outsourcing to other countries.
"It does seem to me as if we are starting to see a resurgence in the manufacturing sector of our state and our country. That’s good because for a while, Americans stopped making things, " says Strickland.
Strickland has visited the opening of two new steel plants in the state within the past two months.
He also says Ohioans needs to invest in furthering young people’s education and jobs that can come from renewable sources of energy. Encouraging small business is also yielding some promising results.
"We all would like a big Ford Motor Company plant or a Xerox plant, but most of the new jobs being created in Ohio and throughout the country aren’t coming from the big corporations, but these jobs are coming from small businesses," says Strickland.
Jobs that are helping us emerge from this economic downturn. It may be a slow process, but Strickland says we’re heading in the right direction.
Strickland also toured Freeport Press in Harrison County this morning with 18th District US Congressman Zack Space, where 40 new jobs are being created.