Red States Beat Blue States in the Unemployment Recovery Game

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While President Biden continues to somehow take responsibility for an economic recovery that really isn’t recovered yet, there is an interesting statistic that you won’t hear coming from the White House administration.

We now have the latest state employment data from the last month of 2021 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This information, released last Tuesday, relays a familiar tale of America’s recovery from the pandemic that originated in Wuhan. It gives details about the ongoing work by state leaders to climb the hurdles that have been created by the Biden White House at the federal level.

And, this should not be a surprise, the states that are led by GOP governors and/or state legislatures, are responding much better than states that are run by the Democratic Party. The results are predictable due to the Democrats’ plan for lockdowns, the extension, and the enhancement of unemployment benefits. They also have continued to mismanage human and natural resources.

A total of 16 of the top 20 states that have managed to regain jobs over the extent of the pandemic are led by a Republican governor. And 18 of the top 20 states have legislatures that are controlled by the GOP. When you look at the states who have led the way in job growth in December of 2021, the top nine are all led by Republicans. These states are Arizona, Montana, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Utah, Idaho, and Texas. And out of these leading states, four of them have now not only recovered but have created more jobs than they had before COVID first entered the scene. These four states are Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Texas.

When you look at the total picture, 24 states with Republicans as the top officials have recovered more than 75 percent of the jobs that were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The total picture on the Democratic side reveals that states led by their party have only regained an average of 75 percent of their jobs that were lost during the COVID chaos. The GOP states have recovered an average of 87 percent of jobs previously lost.

If you just focus on overall unemployment, the ten states that have the lowest rate of unemployed residents are all of the Republican leadership. The Democratic-led states overall have an average unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, and the states led by the GOP have an average unemployment rate of just 3.4 percent.

In December of 2021, twelve states hit a record low unemployment rate. Ten of the 12 have Republican governors, and all twelve of them have GOP-led legislatures.

One of the reasons for data like this is the increasing number of people across the nation who have chosen to move from Democrat-led states to those run by Republicans. They are moving to places with a stronger economy and greater opportunities. This trend from blue states to red states is growing to such an extent that U-Haul ran out of trucks in their California locations because so many people were leaving the state for more economically stable locations.

If you look at the top locations in the real estate market in the United States, eight of the top ten markets are in GOP-led states.

It is hard to understand why Democrats see this as a mystery. GOP states have lower taxes and fewer regulations; there are more incentives for residents to work and it is easier to start a new business. If you have fewer mandates, which means greater freedom from restrictive laws, that translates into a better living environment for your residents.

Let’s hope that the majority of voters see the same trends in the 2022 midterm elections.