Red States Achieve Record Low Unemployment Rates

Just one week after the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ January report revealed that seventeen out of the top 20 states with the lowest unemployment rates were all Republican-led, the February report reveals they continue to dominate. Last month, nine Republican-led states achieved the lowest unemployment rates ever recorded by BLS for their states and this month Nebraska and Utah set new record lows, again.


21 of the top 25 states with the lowest unemployment rates in February were all led by Republican governors including:

  • Nebraska

  • Utah

  • Indiana

  • Montana

  • Oklahoma

  • South Dakota

  • New Hampshire

  • Idaho

  • North Dakota

  • Vermont

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • Georgia

  • Virginia

  • Florida

  • Tennessee

  • Iowa

  • South Carolina

  • Arizona

  • Missouri

  • Wyoming

8 of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates in February were led by Democrat governors including:

  • New Mexico

  • California

  • Pennsylvania

  • Nevada

  • New York

  • Connecticut

  • Illinois

  • Michigan

More than 5 times as many GOP-led states (21) are below the national average for unemployment than Democrat-led counterparts (4).


“For the last year, we’ve seen red state success month after month and now the evidence of historic low unemployment makes it clear the measured approach of Republican governors to reopen their states’ economies shielded small businesses and preserved individual freedoms, while also protecting lives and livelihoods,” said RGA Communications Director Jesse Hunt. “Red states aren’t playing catch up like the Democrat-led states just now starting to see growth. Instead, Republican governors are propelling their states to new heights by eliminating taxes, making new investments in education, public safety, and mental health