Republican-controlled Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Texas were the only states that regained all the jobs they lost during the pandemic, according to Department of Labor data.
Score another one for the governors who avoided lockdowns.
Economists said the four states were able to get back to work so fast thanks to their relatively lax coronavirus restrictions and to businesses and workers moving in, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
“Arizona rapidly returned to its prior peak of employment because compared to the nation we didn’t fall as far,” University of Arizona economist George Hammond told the Journal.
- “One big reason is because the stay-at-home order in Arizona wasn’t very restrictive.”
By many metrics, “red state” economies have weathered the pandemic better than those run by Democrats.
- Federal Reserve data showed that 12 of the 15 states back at pre-pandemic levels of economic activity in June were led by Republican governors.
- Department of Labor data released in July revealed that all 10 of the states with the lowest unemployment had Republican governors.
- Meanwhile, 9 of the 10 states with the highest unemployment were run by Democrats.