April 24, 2014

The Daily Graphic: Gallup’s Top 10 – and Bottom 10 Places in U.S. on Well-Being Index

Ouch. Two areas in Ohio are listed with the bottom scores in Gallup’s 2010 Well-Being Index:


According to Gallup, the Well-Being Index is:

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides an in-depth, real-time view of Americans’ well-being, giving governments, communities, employers, and health plans unmatched insight into the health of their populations. The Well-Being Index is an average of six sub-indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

Gallup and Healthways are interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day, nearly 350 days a year. Respondents are asked a series of 56 questions related to their health and well-being.


Transcript: Gov. John Kasich State of the State Speech – March 8, 2011

Source: Ohio Office of the Governor
2011 State of the State Address
Governor John Kasich
March 8, 2011
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio 43215

SPEAKER BATCHELDER: It is my privilege today to introduce to this group someone who needs no
introduction, the President of the Ohio Senate.


PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you for inviting us to your
House. The members of the House and Senate will now assemble and take their seats. Is there a
quorum of the Senate present? The Chair recognizes the leader of the Senate, Senator Cates.

SENATOR CATES: Mr. President, a quorum of the Senate is present.

PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Is there a quorum of the House present? The Chair recognizes Speaker
Pro Tem, Representative Blessing.

REPRESENTATIVE BLESSING: Mr. President, a quorum of the House is present.

PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: With a quorum of the 129th General Assembly being present, the joint
convention will come to order. Please stand for the presentation of the colors by the Air Force ROTC
Detachment No. 643 from Wright State University and the surrounding Dayton colleges and
universities and remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Pledge of allegiance.

PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to
introduce the Governor of the State of Ohio, Governor John Kasich.


PRESIDENT NIEHAUS: Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present Governor John Kasich.


GOVERNOR KASICH: Well, first of all, I don’t want to screw this up, my wife Karen Kasich is in the
gallery. Could you recognize her, please?


I know you all wonder how I caught her. I wonder about it sometimes also.

You know, the other thing is the days have kind of ticked along. Some of the early — some of the
early wanderlust was kind of disappearing, but walking down this aisle today and seeing my old
buddy Paul Pfeifer — he sat right behind me when I was a member of the Ohio Senate — just takes
me back so many years ago. 1975 was the first time I ever walked into this State Capital. I worked
over in the State Senate as an aide. I see Karen Gillmor, I worked for her husband. And, you know,
to just come here today and walk and be standing up here, I’ve got a message for you, for every one
of you, anything’s possible.

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Daily Graphic: Liquor Sales in Ohio

The only thing graphic about the list below is the fact that it’s a graphic file, a jpeg. I just thought that it was interesting enough to post in this space today. At any rate, the Ohio Dept. of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control keeps tabs on and takes a scrape from all liquor sales in the state.  The list below is the rank, by gallons sold, of the top spirituous sellers in the Buckeye State.

Daily Graphic: Ohio Continuing Unemployment Claims in Seemingly Strong Downtrend

We’re continuing to look at economic data which is easily accessible and analyze in MS Excel.  I looked at data for Ohio unemployment insurance weekly claims.  There are two types of weekly claims data – initial and continuing.  They mean pretty much what the say.  An initial claim is when someone files for unemployment insurance who is not already in the system.  Someone who has been drawing unemployment insurance and draws another week’s benefit is a continuing claim.  This data came from the U.S. Dept of Labor’s website and I looked only at continuing claims from 2007 to present.

The marks I made on the chart may look familiar to folks who trade stocks and dabble in technical analysis.  There are two things going on here.  The red, sloped line is a trend line – down trend, obviously.  I have noted “lower highs” which are a sign of a strong downtrend.

The orange line is a support line which simply approximates the point at which the moves down bounce back up into short term uptrends.

So, what’s the analysis, or, what can we look for that would be good news as more data is added to this chart?  First, we want this particular beast to continue going down.  Successive lower highs within the primary downtrend are good news for unemployment numbers.  Second, we want to see the support line broken, meaning the data breaks down through the support line – and hopefully stays there.

Daily Graphic Special! Mary Taylor’s Impact on Ohio’s Census Numbers

Could it be that Mary counseled enough clients over just the last 10 years to send 1 million of us to the Sunshine State?