Federal Data: GOP-Run States See Most Jobs Recovered Since Pandemic Began

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square)

Sixteen of the top 20 states reporting the most jobs recovered since COVID-related lockdowns began in March 2020 are led by Republican governors, according to an analysis of federal data.

The nine states reporting the greatest percentage gains in recovered jobs are all led by Republican governors, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In terms of percentage increases, Utah’s 142% was the highest, adding 200,000 jobs as of December 2021, surpassing the 140,000 coronavirus-related jobs it lost.

The rest are Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Montana, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida. North Carolina, led by a Democratic governor, rounds out the top 10.

RELATED: Americans’ Pessimism On Inflation Hits Record High

“While Biden tries to smother the economic recovery he inherited, red states continue to see more jobs and lower unemployment,” The Republican National Committee said in a statement accompanying a report highlighting recent U.S. Department of Labor employment data. The data “confirms that Republican governors and legislatures are leading the way in getting Americans back to work,” it said.

By sheer numbers, Texas reported the most jobs recovered – 1,542,000 by December 2021 – compared to the 1,452,600 jobs lost after March 2020.

Texas Greg Abbott credits Texas’ job growth to pro-growth economic policies, a predictable regulatory environment, and a young, growing, and diverse workforce.

“The Texas economy is booming,” he’s said. “Businesses are investing in the Lone Star State at a record pace because we’ve built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish and hardworking Texans to prosper.”

Florida reported 1,168,400 recovered jobs as of December 2021 compared to 1,269,200 coronavirus-related jobs lost during the early part of the pandemic.

Of the state’s job growth continuing to outperform the nation’s, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “Month after month, the data continues to show that freedom first economic policies create jobs and keep our economy moving. Our new businesses and workforce growth show that Floridians have the opportunities they need to thrive. We will continue to lead the nation in economic growth because we value the individual freedoms of Floridians and protect the ability for our citizens to succeed.”

Four Republican-led states reported more jobs in December 2021 than when the coronavirus hit, led by Texas, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.

Overall, 24 Republican-led states reported recovering at least two-thirds of their lost jobs by December 2021, according to BLS data.

The top ten states with the lowest unemployment rates are all led by Republican governors, according to BLS: Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, Idaho, Montana, Vermont, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Indiana.

RELATED: Chicago Public Schools Receive $2.8 Billion While Kids Still Stay Home

Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rate in December 2021 of 1.7%, followed by Utah, 1.9%.

According to BLS data, 12 states set new unemployment rate lows (series began in 1976). They include Arkansas (3.1%), Georgia (2.6%), Idaho (2.4%), Indiana (2.7%), Kentucky (3.9%), Mississippi (4.5%), Montana (2.5%), Nebraska (1.7%), Oklahoma (2.3%), Utah (1.9%), West Virginia (3.7%), and Wisconsin (2.8%).

California and Nevada, both led by Democratic governors, had the highest unemployment rates of 6.5% and 6.4%, respectively.

Overall, Democrat-led states reported an average unemployment rate of 4.9%, higher than the national average of 3.9% and the 3.4% average of 27 Republican-led states was.

The outliers are Alaska and Texas, with the highest unemployment rates of Republican-led states of 5.7% and 5%, respectively.

Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.

The Center Square

Recent Posts

LinkedIn Censors GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy for Commenting on Biden’s Ties to China

GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is everywhere spreading his message of anti-woke far and wide,…

3 days ago

Oakland Teachers Still Strike Despite Up to $113,000 in Base Salary

By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearInvestigations Teachers in the Oakland Unified School District began their third…

3 days ago

Biden CBP Denies Government is Providing Financial Support to Illegal Immigrants, Gets Immediately Slapped With Fact Checks

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) denied that the federal government provides help or…

4 days ago

Marco Rubio: No Commercial Real Estate Bailouts

By Sen. Marco Rubio for RealClearPolitics In the mid-2000s, small-town Minnesota resident Charles Marohn saw an upscale…

4 days ago

WATCH: An Exasperated Jake Tapper Delivers ‘Horrible’ News For Biden – 66% of Americans Think His Reelection Would Be ‘Disaster’ or ‘Setback’ to America

Jake Tapper was nearly beside himself as he delivered "horrible" polling numbers for President Biden…

4 days ago

House Republicans Vote to Overturn Biden’s Student Loan Bailout

By Casey Harper (The Center Square) House Republicans voted 218-203 Wednesday to overturn President Joe…

4 days ago