Do Democrats Live in States With Higher Unemployment?

More

Yesterday the blogosphere made a bonfire party out the suggestions that Republican states had better unemployment rates. Today, I present two pictures: 1) a graph of unemployment by state from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via Krugman); and 2) a graph of political party affiliation by state from Gallup (via Sullivan).

You decide how they match up:


Here's unemployment by state (June figures):
unemploymentbystatejuly.pngAnd political affiliation by state (through August):

politicalpartybystatejuly.png

I don't think the graphs tells us so much except that there are strikingly few states that are solid or leaning Republican, and they represent an even more strikingly small number of people. That makes it difficult to make a sweeping statement abouts the unemployment levels of states with a Republican party advantage. But no sweat, because you should probably steer clear of those sweeping statements anyway.

What I can say is this: Of the five leaning/solid Republican states in the country, two have comparatively good levels of unemployment, two have unemployment around or just under the national average, and one beats the national standard with unemployment over 10 percent.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Social Security: The Greatest Government Policy of All Time?

It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Business

Just In