Across the country, many states are beginning to ‘open back up’ from coronavirus lockdowns.
For many of these states, it means getting their respective economies back up-and-running, putting folks back to work, and creating a sense of normalcy.
And it couldn’t come at a better time with summer now in full swing.
But unfortunately, there are still some states that are imposing strict lockdowns. These lockdowns are hurting their state’s economy and sending unemployment through the roof.
And they all share one thing in common…
They are run by DEMOCRATS!
According to data from an editorial from The Wall Street Journal, Democratic Governors run nine of the 10 states with the highest jobless rates… states that experienced the most severe restrictions during the pandemic.
According to the report (which was also featured in The Daily Caller), the unemployment rate in May was 13%, data showed, yet 10 states are well above that number.
Nevada is at the top of the list at 25.3%, with Hawaii hitting 22.6%, Michigan coming in at 21.2%, while 16.3% of Californians, Rhode Islanders and Massachusetts citizens are unemployed. Delaware (15.8%), Illinois and New Jersey (15.2%), and Washington state (15.1%) round out the last of the states with numbers above 13%, data showed.
These are states with Democratic Governors!
Michigan is perhaps the most high-profile example of the impact of the lockdowns. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was adamant about keeping Michigan closed as her state experienced statistically higher rates of COVID-related deaths than many of the states. The Democratic governor said in May that she would “never apologize” for shutting down Michigan.
Meanwhile, only 9.7% of people in Georgia, which was one of the first states to reopen following a prolonged lockdown, are unemployed. Arkansas has a 9.5% jobless rate, while Arizona, Utah and Nebraska are well below the national average. All of them are red states.
“[S]o far these numbers suggest a tale of two U.S. economies,” The WSJ editorial board wrote. “States that are reopening faster are recovering faster and easing more economic suffering. The states that put a premium on trying to reduce the spread beyond the original purpose of protecting hospitals and the health-care system are lagging.”