(USA Features) Republican-run states are, on average, experiencing lower unemployment rates than those run by Democrats as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen.
According to a Friday press release from the Labor Department, Vermont was the only blue state among the leading states with the lowest unemployment rates in April. Democrat-run states, meanwhile, had the highest unemployment rates.
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They include Hawaii (8.5 percent), followed by California (8.3 percent), New Mexico and New York (8.2 percent each), and Connecticut (8.1 percent). All of those states have so-called Democrat “trifectas,” meaning the party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governorship.
Meanwhile, the top four states with the lowest rates of unemployment last month have GOP trifectas: Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Utah, with 2.8 percent each, the department said, The Epoch Times reported.
Vermont, which came in fifth with a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, has a Democratic legislature and a Republican governor.
In all, 31 states featured unemployment rates that were lower than the current national average of 6.1 percent; 26 of them are controlled by Republicans. By contrast, of the 19 states and Washington, D.C., that had higher-than-average jobless rates, 14 of them were run by Democrats, according to Commerce Department data.
“The national unemployment rate, 6.1 percent, was little changed over the month, but was 8.7 percentage points lower than in April 2020,” said the Bureau of Labor Statistics.