“In states with Republican governors, the average unemployment rate is a full point lower than in states with Democratic governors. Republican governors lead seven of the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates, and 12 of the 15 states ranked best for business.”
The reason liberals won’t challenge this statement, made by Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell, is because it’s indisputably true. The average unemployment rate for states with Republican governors, according to Department of Labor data, is 7.6 percent. The average for states with Democratic governors? 8.8 percent.
And as for the best states to do business? According to both CNBC’s analysis and a Chief Executive annual survey of CEOs, 12 of the top 15 states to do business in are, in fact, run by Republicans. The bottom three, according to Chief Executive, are the Democratic strongholds of Illinois (unemployment 8.9 percent), New York (unemployment 9.1 percent) and California (unemployment 10.7 percent).