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Ohio Democrats say Ohio is trailing most states in post-recession job recovery and the funding of job training for displaced workers. Senator Joe Schiavoni spoke out on the issue at a curb-side news conference in Youngstown Wednesday that was arranged and promoted by the Ohio Democratic Party.

The State Senate Minority Leader introduced Barb Allen, of Warren, who lost her job of 18 years when the GE Lamp Plant closed in January.

"I've been forced into a labor market and finding nothing but low paying, no benefits jobs," said Allen.

Schiavoni's comments came one day after a published report said Ohio ranks 41st in post-recession job recovery.

"But the fact of the matter is there's people like Barb, and many workers, that are qualified, that are looking for jobs, that we need to help and we need to make sure that we have the programs in place so that they can get back on their feet," said Schiavoni.

Chris Schrimpf, with the Ohio Republican Party, said Ohio democrats have no credibility talking about jobs. When they were running the state, Ohio lost over 350,000 jobs. Under republican leadership, 250,000 new private sector jobs have been created.

Political writer Betram DeSousa believes that without SB5, the collective bargaining issue, state democrats are desperately looking for a new issue that will resonate with their political base, but he also thinks the party has a bigger problem.

"But, I think the biggest problem they have is their standard bearer in Ed Fitzgerald. A lot of people don't know who he is, even though he's been campaigning since last year," said DeSousa.

Fitzgerald has made stops in the Valley, but DeSousa feels his lack of recognition is partly why the Governor's race, to this point, has been lackluster.

"There is no excitement and we're already in July. I mean, that is not good news for a challenger," said DeSousa.

 

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