Jobless Rate Drops

The jobless rate has dropped approximately 50% faster and further in states that elected Republican leadership in the 2010 elections than the national average. In the 17 states that elected fiscally-conservative, tea party-supported GOP Governors unemployment dropped 1.35% vs. the 0.9% national average.

  • Alabama – 9.3% to 7.4% (-1.9%)
  • Florida – 10.9% to 8.6% (-2.3%)
  • Georgia – 10.1% to 8.9% (-1.2%)
  • Iowa – 6.1% to 5.1% (-1.0%)
  • Kansas 6.9% to 6.1% (-0.8%)
  • Maine 8.0% to 7.4% (-0.6%)
  • Michigan 10.9% to 8.5% (-2.4%)
  • Nevada – 13.8% to 11.6% (-2.2%)
  • New Mexico 7.7% to 6.7% (-1.0%)
  • Ohio – 9.0% to 7.3% (-1.7%)
  • Oklahoma 6.2% to 4.8% = (-1.4%)
  • Pennsylvania 8.0% to 7.4% (-0.6%)
  • South Carolina – 10.6% to 9.1% (-1.5%)
  • South Dakota – 5.0% to 4.3% (-0.7%)
  • Tennessee 9.5% to 7.9% (-1.6%)
  • Wisconsin 7.7% to 6.8% (-0.9%)
  • Wyoming 6.3% to 5.2% (-1.1%)

On thing to bear in mind, however, is that this represent correlation; it does not, at face value, represent causation. Many factors play into unemployment statistics and this is only evidence – strong evidence, admittedly – that Republican leadership is better at fixing America’s number one problem, unemployment, than the profligate spenders of the Democratic Party. It is not proof per se.

Also, these figures are based upon official unemployment numbers and those are more political fiction than reality. For all we know from this analysis it may be that a larger than average number of the jobless may have just fallen off the roles into uncounted limbo, just as a large percentage of the official average nation drop of 0.9% is made up of these poor, lost souls.

It deserves serious thought though as we go into the 2012 elections. Prima facie evidence from these 17 states certainly suggests that the GOP is the right choice for anyone wanting the economy to turn around in a reasonable time-frame.

Related Reading:

The 2012 Election
Custom Enrichment Module: Election 2010: An American Government Supplement
Tea Party Rules
Essentials of American Government: Roots and Reform, 2012 Election Edition (11th Edition)
The Joy of Not Working:  A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition

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