July 4, 2022

Analysis: Blue state cities are experiencing slower labor market rebounds than red state counterparts

Recently released data showed that major cities lead by Republican governors are recovering from the COVID-19 economic slump better than those being lead by Democrats. 

The report published in The Daily Wire leaned heavily on statistics cited by WalletHub which showed the top ten cities that have shown the best job growth since the COVID-19 lockdown-induced recession.

Top on the list of states with cities once again growing was New Hampshire, let by Gov. Chris Sununu (R), Vermont, led by Gov. Phil Scott (R), and Nebraska with Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) at the helm. 

Conversely, 9 out of the 10 states with the slowest grown job markets were lead by Democrats, including California, led by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) with Louisiana led by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In some cases, the cities unemployment rate was significantly better than their pre-COVID rates, including Nashua, New Hampshire that had a May 2021 unemployment rate 44% lower than its May 2019 unemployment rate.

Additionally, these results weren’t isolated incidents. According to a second study, nine of the top ten states with the best labor markets were governed by Republican governors. 

All ten of the states with the worst labor markets in the second quarter of 2021 were led by Democratic governors. The results of these studies are exactly what Republicans predicted when looking at Democrats’ economic plans coming out of the harshest COVID-19 lockdowns. 

It’s also likely the reason that states like Texas and Florida have seen an increase in migration from states like California as job seekers are looking for the reassurance of an economy governed by capitalist principles. 

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