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NILES, Ohio - With the election just eight months away, Ohio's governor made a stop in the Valley to tout the state's job creation numbers that were just released.

He said that Ohio ranked 48th in job creation in America when he took office, and now, today, Ohio stands at number five.

Governor John Kasich spoke to a packed house at the annual McKinley Dinner at the William McKinley Memorial Auditorium in Niles.

He says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs data on Monday that shows Ohio added nearly 240,000 private sector jobs since he was elected.

That makes Ohio number one in job creation in the Midwest since he took office in 2011.

"So things we're doing; balancing budgets, running surpluses, employing jobs Ohio to be able and go out to talk to job creators, cutting taxes, all these things are clearly contributing to what is significant improvement," Kasich said.

Local Democrats argue that the governor balanced the budget by reducing the amount of money the state gives to local governments and school districts and that left homeowners to pick up the slack in increased property taxes.

"Well, when you put a billion dollars in K-12 education, it's the largest increase in a decade, I really don't have much to say about the criticism, because it's just whatever," Kasich said when asked to respond to the criticism.

Kasich went on to say that communities grow healthier when more jobs are created and more people are working.

When asked about the recent earthquakes in our area, the governor says his office is still looking for data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

"We'll handle this responsibly, but we are going to move forward with this energy industry. It is bringing some real good things to our community. So we're going to be environmentally conscious, but we're also going to be for continuing the industry in a responsible way," Kasich said.

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