Republican-Led States Top the Nation in Employment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican-led states lead the nation in lowest unemployment rates according to data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, Democrat-led states rank among the highest for unemployment, a trend that has continued as Democrat governors maintain policies that are harmful to growing the local economy.

Nine of the top ten states with the lowest unemployment rates are Republican-led, including:

  • New Hampshire
  • Nebraska
  • Vermont
  • Utah
  • South Dakota
  • Idaho
  • Alabama
  • Montana
  • Iowa

The ten states with the highest unemployment rates are all Democrat-led, including:

  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • California
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania

Of the 30 states whose unemployment rate is below the national average, 21 are led by Republican governors. The average Republican-led state unemployment rate is 4.5% while the Democrat-led average is 6.1%, which is higher than the national average at 5.8%.

“The data makes it clear: Republican governors are successfully re-opening their economies, getting their residents back to work, and leading their states through the most effective recovery from the pandemic,” said RGA Communications Director Jesse Hunt. “The balanced approach seen in Republican-led states across the country is working; the outperformance of their Democrat-led counterparts in this latest unemployment report proves once again Republican governors have helped make red states a better place to live and work.”

View the BLS data here.