- When looking at the 50 states plus D.C., out of the top 26 with the best performance on unemployment [since 2009], 21 are Republican-controlled and only 5 are Democrat-controlled.
- Of the bottom 25, 15 are Democrat-controlled and 10 are Republican-controlled.
As I have explained in the past, I have defined "control" as the party that holds at least two out of three of the following: the governorship and the two legislative houses. So, for instance, even though New Jersey has a Republican governor, Chris Christie, both legislative houses are held by Democrat majorities, so New Jersey is considered Democratic-controlled.
Using this metric, I'd like to highlight just a single contrast from the recently released August BLS figures that I analyzed. When the states under control of the respective parties are combined and considered as one, the rates of unemployment are as follows:
- Republican-controlled states 7.7%
- Democratic-control states 9.2%
The rate in Republican-controlled states is a full one-and-a-half points better. If the 7.7% rate had been reached in the Democratic-controlled states, almost one million more people would have jobs.
For a campaign that has been criticized for lacking specifics, this real-world example of what Republican policies versus Democratic policies can produce would be a real boon. Mitt Romney should make the case that his economic plan will tackle (as Joe Biden would say) that "three-letter" issue "jobs" with three letters of his own: G-O-P.