States that Elected Biden in the 2020 Lost the Most Jobs During the Pandemic

Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont, Maryland, and New Jersey, the five states that lost the most jobs, supported Biden.
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Joe Biden, United State's President-Elect

According to FOX Business, during the COVID-19 pandemic, states that voted for Vice President Biden in the 2020 election lost more jobs on average than states that voted for President Trump, according to data.

According to a FOX Business review of Bureau of Labor Statistics results, states that voted for Biden saw a 5.3 percent decrease in non-farm payrolls between February 2020 and March 2021, compared to roughly 2% in states that voted for Trump.

Connecticut (-14.1 percent), Hawaii (-10.2 percent), Vermont (-9.1 percent), Maryland (-8.4 percent), and New Jersey (-14.1 percent) were the states with the highest percentage of employment losses over the defined time period (-7.4 percent ). In the race, both of these states voted for Biden.

Idaho (0.5 percent), Kansas (0.3 percent), and South Dakota (0.3 percent) all saw employment growth from pre-pandemic levels (1.3 percent ). In the race, both of these states voted for Trump.

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Oklahoma (-0.2%), Oregon (-0.3%), and Utah (-0.3%) were the states with the fewest employment losses in the next category (-0.3 percent ). Only Oregon supported Biden.

Similar job patterns were first recorded by the Daily Mail in February 2020, using data from February to December 2020.

Republicans have chastised Democratic governors for their lockout policies during the pandemic, arguing that states such as California and New York took drastic steps to shut down their economies in order to stop COVID-19 from spreading.

Florida, on the other hand, never issued a statewide mask mandate and only introduced limitations in the state because of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

COVID-19 outbreaks, however, did not affect all states equally. Some of the more populated states, such as New York and California, saw significant outbreaks, while less populous areas saw less incidents, which influenced how state leaders reacted to the situation.

The US economy is already 8.2 million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, but the Biden administration estimates that these losses will be recouped by the end of the year if employment growth remains steady.