Republican-Led States Lead in Job Growth and Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released state unemployment data for the month of September revealing unemployment rates in red states continued to decrease for another month while states led by Democrat governors lag behind. As blue states are only now beginning to recover jobs lost during the pandemic, it comes as no surprise red states continue to lead the ranks as the top states with the lowest unemployment rates.

10 of the top 12 states with the lowest unemployment rates in September were all led by Republican governors including:

  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Missouri
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Virginia

8 of the 13 states with the highest unemployment rates in September were led by Democrat governors including:

  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Delaware
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Connecticut

More than two times as many GOP-led states (20) are below the national average for unemployment than Democrat-led states (8).

“Americans are fed up with Joe Biden’s and Democrat governors’ failure to combat still-high inflation and stifled economic growth and are looking to Republican candidates to lead them out of this crisis,” said RGA Communications Director Jesse Hunt. “After bearing witness to red state success over the last two years, in 18 days, voters across the country will lock in their votes for the GOP nominee to guarantee a brighter economic future for their states.”