States that voted for Biden lost jobs at more than double the rate of Republican ones during pandemic

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  • Job losses during the pandemic differed significantly by party affinity
  • Democratic states averaged job losses of 6.2%, versus 2.5% in Republican ones
  • Difference might be due to severity of pandemic restrictions on the economy
  • Republican states are also less likely to have large cities and service economies  
  • More severe job losses might have swayed voters against the incumbent Trump 

States that voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election experienced significantly larger declines in total employment during the pandemic than those that went for Donald Trump, a new analysis shows.

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Between February and December of last year, states that went for Biden saw the total number of people working drop an average of 6.2 percent, versus a 2.5 percent decline in those voting for the Republican, according to a analysis of federal jobs data.

The 13 states that saw the lowest decline in employment all lean strongly Republican, led by Alaska and Utah which actually saw employment increase by 0.7 and 0.3 percent respectively.

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On the other end of the spectrum, 13 of the 14 states with the most significant pandemic job losses went for the Democratic candidate, led by Nevada with job losses of 10.2 percent, and Hawaii at 9.3 percent.



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