Trump promised jobs during the campaign and he’s delivering. Ironically, states which supported Hillary aren’t doing as well as Trump supporting states.
Good Times Come to Trump-Leaning States
One of the biggest visible impacts after last November’s presidential election was a surge in economic confidence among Republicans, and somewhat less of a drop among Democrats. Perhaps not surprising given how much we all view the world through partisan-tinted glasses. But it raised a larger question: In the months following the election, would the “hard” economic data confirm what these “soft” measures of sentiment and confidence were showing? Nearly a year after the election, the answer appears to be yes.
The really interesting numbers come from state employment data. The two states with the biggest drops in their unemployment rates since November are Alabama, whose unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent from 6.2 percent, and Tennessee, whose rate has fallen to 3.0 percent from 5.1 percent. Trump won those states by 27.7 percent and 26.0 percent, respectively. Other Trump-leaning states like Tennessee and Idaho are now at record-low levels of unemployment.
By comparison, places with a strong Clinton lean have not seen a similar improvement. The unemployment rate in Washington, DC, has increased to 6.5 percent from 5.8 percent. Massachusetts’s has increased to 3.9 percent from 3.1 percent, New York’s rate is unchanged from 4.9 percent, and California’s has fallen just 0.2 percentage points, to 5.1 percent from 5.3 percent.
The report goes on to suggest that one of the reasons this is happening is psychological. Trump supporters are enthusiastic and have more confidence in the economy.