After Gov. John Kasich disputed Ohio job-creation numbers reported by The Dispatch last week, a state official said Monday that the data originally provided to the newspaper by the Kasich administration were incorrect.

Kasich criticized the Dispatch report as "fake news," and a few hours later on Monday, the state provided revised job-creation numbers that weren't as low as the first set of numbers it provided.

Using a revised method to come up with jobs data, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services now says Ohio created 32,200 jobs in 2017, not the 12,500 The Dispatch reported on Saturday using the department's own figures.

Though better, the numbers still are the weakest in Ohio since 2009, when the state was hemorrhaging jobs because of the recession.

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Every February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revises monthly employment data from the previous five years, taking into account a larger amount and wider variety of data, including tax data from more than 95 percent of the state's employers.

Job and Family Services officials said Monday that the original data provided to The Dispatch last week, in essence, cut off a month of survey data each year.

Kasich took exception to the numbers reported by The Dispatch on Page A1 on Saturday and in Sunday's Capital Insider column.

"Well, their numbers are wrong. So, fake news," Kasich told reporters who asked about The Dispatch's report that Kasich's job-creation numbers are lower in each of the past two years than those for the final year in office for the oft-criticized Gov. Ted Strickland.

Despite Kasich's protest, the revised methodology shows that the jobs created under Kasich in each of the past two years are still below the total in Strickland's final year in office, 2010. And Strickland's 2010 total now virtually matches the figure for Kasich from three years ago.

Kasich's remarks came after a news conference updating reporters on the status of a project being considered by an Asian company to develop a giant petrochemical plant in eastern Ohio.

It is unusual for Kasich to make such a comment.

Instead, Kasich on multiple occasions has defended the media in an era when President Donald Trump and others have criticized the media for news accounts that they don't like or claim are inaccurate and call those stories fake news.

"The point is the trend lines. ... The fact is we were down 350,000 jobs and now we're up almost a half a million," he said on Monday.

The corrected job-creation numbers from the state show that Ohio has added 467,000 jobs since 2011, but those trend lines also show job creation has been weakening since 2014 when it added 95,000. The state added 61,500 jobs in 2015 and 45,900 in 2016.

About 60,000 jobs were created during Strickland's last year in office.