Every single one of the 17 states to elect a tea party-supported Republican governor has seen its unemployment rate decline at a rate of 50% more than the national average, since January 2011.
Three have seen unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors is improving a full 50% faster than the job market nationally.
How about the states with Democratic governors?
The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 0.95%, approximately the same as the drop seen nationally. It’s interesting to note than one of these states (New York) has actually experienced an increase in its unemployment rate since January 2011.