CLEVELAND -- It wasn't that long ago that Ohio was one of the leading states in job creation.
Gov. John Kasich was touting his new business engaging agency, JobsOhio, as a better way of bringing jobs to Ohio.
Now fast-forward to December 2013, and it's a much different story.
Recent studies peg Ohio as 44th in job creation and one of the bottom four states in a variety of economic indexes.
Its unemployment rate is above the national average for the first time in three years.
Ohio household income is stagnant.
Cleveland State University's economic expert Ned Hill blames several factors.
The recovery began with revived auto plants.
"We went from an auto industry complete shutdown to an industry running at full capacity," he said.
And while other manufactures joined the recovery, Hill said, "They're adding plant and equipment, and they're not adding jobs."
The expected jobs boom from new natural gas and oil wells is taking longer than expected to materialize.
And Hill claims Ohio is impacted more than many other states by political gridlock in Washington. Sequester cuts and the lack of any stimulus programs are a significant economic hit to the Buckeye State, Hill says.
The top-to-bottom change will likely have an impact on the governor's race.
Many expected John Kasich's re-election campaign to use the economy and the 100,000 jobs created early on his watch as a bedrock issue.
Now some expect the economy to benefit his challenger Ed FitzGerald more.
Hill says: "The data are the data. ... Whoever is the governor is accountable for the economy on that day. ... It probably does" make the economy a stronger issue for FitzGerald.