Although President Joe Biden never tires of patting himself on the back for the state of the economy, the Biden administration last week offered more evidence that actual economic growth is being generated by Republicans.
Terence Jeffrey, a columnist for CNSNews.com, noted a Labor Department report that showed the states with the lowest unemployment rates are almost exclusively run by Republican governors, including Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Meanwhile, the states with the highest jobless rates were led by Democrats.
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Jeffrey was looking at the department’s lowest annual average unemployment rates for 2022.
Overall, 16 states reported an average unemployment rate of less than 3% last year. Of those, 13 had GOP governors, including Florida, at 2.9%.
The only three Democratic states in that group were Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin — and none of them were higher than 10th place.
At the other end of the scale, with unemployment rates of 4.2% or higher, were 10 Democratic-led states.
That group included Michigan, California, New York, Illinois, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Back in January, DeSantis announced that Florida’s unemployment rate hit a record-low 2.5% in the month of December, even as the state continues to add thousands of people.
Florida continues to outpace the nation and withstand negative headwinds due to federal policy,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to building off our success with record tax relief in the upcoming legislative session.”
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Among the highlights of that report, DeSantis’ office noted that Florda’s jobless rate was 1 percentage point below the national average and that the statewide unemployment rate had been lower than the national rate for 25 consecutive months.
The governor also pointed out that private sector employment in Florida increased 5.3% for the year, compared to just 3.3% nationally, and that Florida’s private sector over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded the nation’s for 21 consecutive months.
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