RED AHEAD: WSJ Report Shows Red States Beating Blues in Post-Pandemic Economy

According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Republican-run states are beating their blue counterparts in economic recovery, as the United States settles into post-pandemic life. Josh Mitchell, author of the piece, says Texas, Florida and North Carolina benefitted most from Americans fleeing New York and California.

“The pandemic has changed the geography of the American economy,” Mitchell wrote. “By many measures, red states—those that lean Republican—have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida,” he continued. 

Mitchell references a Brookings Institution study showing red states have added 341,000 jobs since February 2020.

“Since February 2020, the month before the pandemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs located in red states has grown by more than half a percentage point, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution think tank,” he wrote. 

“Red states have added 341,000 jobs over that time, while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.”

Mitchell also references a Moody analysis while discussing the trend of remote work.

 “Remote work allowed many workers to move to red states, not because of political preferences, but for financial and lifestyle reasons—cheaper housing, better weather, less traffic and lower taxes.”

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