Unemployment in Free vs. Locked-Down States | AIER

Jordan Schachtel – March 16,

After a full year of evaluating the data, it’s clear that there was no threat to states that allowed the economy and society to flourish.

South Dakota, which has remained open over the course of the past year, has the best numbers on record.

Of the remaining 9 states with the best unemployment numbers, every state but Vermont took a more minimalist approach to COVID-19 restrictions.

On the other side of the spectrum, here’s a list of the states that saw a spike in unemployment of 4 percent or more since January, 2020: 

  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts

All of the aforementioned states instituted major lockdowns that were intended to stop the annual respiratory sickness season from occurring, but failed to do so. These policies did in fact detonate their respective economies. 

Not a single top-down restriction supposedly intended to “stop the spread” did anything statistically demonstrable to quell the virus problem.


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