Ohio Republicans are celebrating an October jobs report that could not have come at a better time for the GOP’s state and federal candidates.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, just four days before the midterms, that U.S. businesses created 250,000 new jobs last month, which is 50,000 to 60,000 more than most economists had predicted. The manufacturing sector added 32,000 jobs, while jobs were also added in construction, healthcare, transportation, and warehousing.
The report showed that wages are also on the rise, up 3.1 percent from October the previous year. Unemployment held at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since 1969.
📈 October jobs report 📈
250,000 new jobs – crushing the estimates
3.1% wage increase – biggest since 2009
3.7% unemployment rate – lowest since 1969
Keep the economy strong – Vote Republican on November 6th!https://t.co/ANV2ZJdIto
— Ohio Republicans (@ohiogop) November 2, 2018
Mike DeWine, the GOP candidate for governor who is locked in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Richard Cordray, tweeted about the report Friday.
Great news in the October Jobs Report:
➡️ 250,000 jobs added in October
➡️ 3.1% wage increase — largest since 2009
➡️ 3.7% unemployment — lowest since 1969 pic.twitter.com/GCD0F7UgA3
— Mike DeWine (@MikeDeWine) November 2, 2018
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appeared on Fox News highlighting the good economic news.
.@GOPChairwoman: Our closing argument today to share with the American people – that unemployment is at a record low, it is at the lowest in history for Hispanics and African-Americans. We are doing so well. Do we want to stop that?
— GOP (@GOP) November 2, 2018
“Our closing argument today to share with the American people, that unemployment is at a record low …at the lowest in history for Hispanics and African-Americans,” McDaniel said. “We are doing so well. Do we want to stop that? Do we want to halt that in our tracks and hand the reins over to Schumer and Pelosi who will just take us backwards?”
McDaniel predicted that the report will “propel” those “independent voters” to “come over and vote Republican, and that can make the difference in keeping the House.”
Jane Timken, chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, weighed in as well, tweeting a photo of herself with Eric Trump at an Ohio factory.
Thank you @EricTrump for coming to Ohio! This election is about jobs and wage growth. Our Republican ticket will deliver a bright future for Ohio. Can’t go back to the disastrous days of the Democrats. #VoteRepublican @ohiogop pic.twitter.com/hr54tza5R6
— Jane Murphy Timken (@JaneyMurph) November 2, 2018
The New York Times reported that “job opportunities are also rippling out to groups that were largely bypassed during much of the recovery: African-Americans, Hispanics, less-educated workers and people with disabilities,” saying these groups “have all seen their unemployment rates drop in recent months.”
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.
Photo “Eric Trump Speaks in Ohio” by twitter.com/JaneyMurph.