Is anyone surprised by this?
Red states are overwhelmingly outperforming blue states in their economic recoveries from the pandemic.
A big part of the growth comes from an influx of people relocating from high-tax states with larger Democratic representation into places like Florida, Texas, and other Republican-leaning states that typically foster lower-tax environments.
Labor Department data show that since February 2020, just before the pandemic took hold, red states combined have erased their losses and added 341,000 jobs, with the share of jobs in Republican-leaning states increasing by a half percentage point, according to the Wall Street Journal.
May data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that eight of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates have Republican-led legislatures, while seven of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates have legislatures with Democratic majorities.
Republicans are expected to cite red-state economic strength as proof that their party is better at governing. The GOP is also blaming the Biden administration for the country’s towering inflation.
Andrew Romeo, communications director for the Republican State Leadership Committee, said that Democrats are “too wedded to their socialist agenda” to enact policies similar to those in Republican-led states that have experienced more economic growth.
A Moody’s analysis of Equifax consumer credit reports found that some 46 million people changed zip codes in the year ending in February 2022 — that is the most in any single year for the past decade and shows just how many people have used the pandemic and related workforce changes to relocate.
The states with the biggest influx of people were Florida, Texas, and North Carolina — all of which voted for former President Donald Trump in the last election and are represented by two GOP senators.
Conversely, the states that saw the biggest exodus of workers were California, New York, and Illinois — all of which voted for Biden and have Democratic-led legislatures and two Democratic senators.
The trend has been confirmed by other researchers as well.
The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan group that generally favors low taxes, used data from the census and commercial data sets from U-Haul and United Van Lines to compile a list of which states had the biggest population inflows and outflows .
New York led with the largest percentage decrease, with a drop of 1.8% from April 2020 to July 2021. Washington, D.C., experienced a whopping 2.8% loss. Other states with big losses include Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and West Virginia.
Several companies have also made some high-level relocations out of blue states and into red ones, bringing with them an infusion of jobs.
Last month, billionaire hedge fund chief Ken Griffin, citing a better corporate environment, announced that he is moving his major firm Citadel to Florida.
Griffin is a top GOP donor and the wealthiest person in Illinois. He said that he has already moved to the Sunshine State and that the hedge fund will begin the process, which is expected to take years, of relocating as well.
Illinois-based Caterpillar also said it was relocating to Texas, while Boeing, also based in the Land of Lincoln, announced it was moving to Arlington, Virginia.
Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest person, also moved his electric vehicle manufacturing company, Tesla, to Texas.
Chris Rouland, CEO of cybersecurity firm Phosphorus, told the Wall Street Journal that after his company went virtual during the pandemic and employees began to move to other states, he made the decision to relocate his business’s headquarters to Tennessee, citing the lower taxes and better living standards.
The Red Tsunami cannot come soon enough because only then will Democrats finally begin to realize what’s coming for them.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth