Red States Driving Economic Recovery Compared to Blue States

New data on the nation's unemployment rate will be issued this week, but already we see a trend emerging in numbers from August.

Simply put, states with the lowest rates of unemployment are run by Republican governors. Nine out of 10 with the highest unemployment are run by Democrats who kept COVID lockdowns and stay home benefits in place.

“They don’t have to pay for childcare because they’re not working, they’re at home taking care of their children. So that’s another expense they save. They don’t have to get up and go to work. They don’t have to commute. They don’t have to pack a lunch. They don’t have to deal with masks, they can stay home,” says Ryan Ellis, president of the Center for a Free Economy.

Idaho and Utah have added more jobs than lost during the COVID lockdowns.

“People who generally report on economic trends don’t want to admit this is the case,” says Ellis. “Many of these reporters were very supportive of the extra $300 a week. Many of them are supportive of the idea of universal basic income. That’s what Andrew Young ran on when he ran for president.”

Many believe these policies are fueling an exodus from blue states.

“Why not move to a less expensive red area where you don’t have to worry about gee did I remember to take my mask with me when I go to the grocery store today?” asks Ellis. “A lot of people who just don’t want to deal with all the BS and politics, I can very easily see them moving to more red areas of the country.”

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