Ohio, Michigan: Half the Cities in Top-25 Declining Unemployment

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Employees tape solar cells together at the Xunlight Corp. factory in Toledo, Ohio.

If all politics is local, then all economics may be, too.

A look at the list of the cities where unemployment has fallen the most since the start of President Barack Obama’s term reveals something important about the one state that any Republican must win for election to the White House:

Bloomberg data ranking the cities with declining unemployment show the second-greatest decline recorded in Sandusky, Ohio — where unemployment is down 8.6 percent, from 14.1 percent in January 2009 to 5.5 percent in August 2012.

Seventh greatest: Toledo, down 5.4 percent, to 7.3 percent.

10th greatest: Youngstown, Ohio, down 4.7 percent, to 7.9 percent.

12th: Mansfield, Ohio, down 4.5 percent, to 7.7.

18th: Lima, Ohio, down 3.7 percent, to 7.1.

And the 23rd: bellwether Canton, Ohio, down 3.3 percent, to 6.8.

That’s six of the top 25, including bellwether Canton, which has voted since the 1960s the way Ohio has gone in presidential elections –Ohio, which has voted the way the nation has in 12 consecutive elections.

Michigan also has six cities in the top-25 for declining unemployment since Obama took office: Monroe, Flint, Holland-Grand Haven, Muskegon, Lansing and Saginaw.

No. 20 is interesting, too: Janesville, Wisconsin — Rep. Paul Ryan’s hometown — unemployment down 3.4 percent, to 8.6 percent, since Obama has occupied the White House.

After tonight’s debate between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, and after an Obama rally with former President Bill Clinton tomorrow in Denver, the president will head Thursday to Wisconsin, campaigning in Madison en route to swing-states Ohio and Virginia on Friday.

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