Schwarzenegger says Ohio shouldn't fear a bad ecomony
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that Ohioans shouldn't worry about worsening economic conditions, in a visit to the impoverished state.
"Never worry. Never worry about anything," he said as he left a fundraiser for an After-School All-Stars program in Columbus, the national after-school program he founded in 1992.
Ohio's unemployment rate spiked to 8.8 percent in January, the highest level in more than two decades. In Schwarzenegger's home state of California, the January unemployment rate jumped to 10.1 percent, the state's highest jobless reading in 25 years. Thought Ohio suffering isn't as drastic as Californias, many economists point out that Ohio has been in a perpetual recession since the 80's, as many of the states manufactures have closed down for sundry reasons.
Once a thriving hub of rubber and steel production, industry in Ohio has been in a steady decline for decades, as have many states in the Rust Belt, such as Michigan.
Schwarzenegger was in town to attend the Arnold Sports Festival, an annual event that began as a smaller bodybuilding competition won by Schwarzenegger in 1970. He was expected to tour the exhibition portion of the sports festival Saturday.
He apparently had little to worry about.