A look at the state-by-state breakdown for unemployment stats reveals that the bottom-performing eleven states (counting D.C. as a state) are all run by Democrats and all are continuing the enhanced federal benefit for the jobless, except Louisiana, which ended them July 31. They are:
Louisiana 6.9 percent
New Jersey 7.3
New York 7.7
New Mexico 7.9
So which states have the lowest unemployment rate? The top-ten best performers are these:
Nebraska 2.5 percent
New Hampshire 2.9
South Dakota 2.9
All of these states have Republican governors except Kansas (although Vermont’s governor Phil Scott is a liberal Republican). And all of them opted out early of the additional federal employment benefit except Kansas and Vermont.
I’m looking for a good empirical measurement of the degree to which each state was locked down. Any guesses as to whether the most draconian lockdowns are associated with the greatest loss of jobs?