Red States Prop Up Obama's Weak Economy

Picking out the worst Obama state culprits is difficult, but here are a few of the most obvious:

  • Illinois (188,000 establishment survey jobs added, but only 71,000 in the household survey) -- Obama's home state is the only one in the union with a higher seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (9.5%) than it had three years ago (9.3%). It is no coincidence that it is also a state which tried -- and has obviously failed -- to climb out of a dangerous debt hole with massive tax increases.
  • New York (+355,000 establishment vs. only +13,000 household) -- Mike Durant at the National Federation of Independent Business referenced a 2011 study showing that the Empire State "said goodbye to more residents in the last decade than any other state." That exodus has apparently continued into this decade. The state's current unemployment rate of 8.2% is slightly higher than the 8.1% seen two years ago.
  • Connecticut (+59,000 establishment vs. -32,000 household; you read that right) -- Like his gubernatorial counterpart Pat Quinn in Illinois, Governor Dannel Malloy condemned the Nutmeg State to economic misery by increasing 75 different taxes and making insufficient dents in bloated state spending.
  • California (+744,000 establishment, +486,000 household) -- The alleged and certainly overhyped resurgence of what used to be known as the Golden State under Governor Jerry Brown is less than two-thirds of what it's cracked up to be.

These four states and others which are sadly imitating them explain why 1.2 million residents of Obama-supporting states would be working somewhere -- either in their home state, or perhaps a neighboring one-- if their governors and legislators were applying fiscal and economic policies diametrically opposed to the tax-and-spend approach most of the national establishment in Washington is fiercely defending at the federal level.  But they're not. Their states, and people, are worse off for their poor decisions.