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Unemployment in Red and Blue

I wondered whether unemployment rates in states with Republican governors were lower than unemployment rates in states with Democratic governors. Figuring that answering this type of question is the reason why NR has interns, I had Caleb Whitmer crunch the numbers.

It turns out that the population-weighted average unemployment rate in states with Republican governors is 7.6 percent. The number for states with Democratic governors in 8.8. In other words, blue America (defined in terms of governors) has a higher unemployment rate than red America. Make of that what you will.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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