Red States Income Growth NINE TIMES Higher than Blue States

Via AoSHQ from USA Today:

The income of those living in red states has climbed 4.6% since the recession began in December 2007, a USA TODAY analysis of total increases found. The average income of those living in blue states and swing states saw a much slower increase. The personal income of blue states has increased 0.5%, while in the swing states, income increased 1.4%.

More: Via AoSHQ, how Blue states are dying.

See also similar vein at Obama’s Economic Successes: A Roundup and Republican Led Economy VS Democrat Led Economy.

3 Responses to “Red States Income Growth NINE TIMES Higher than Blue States”

  1. Robert Says:

    Evidently the Obama Administration is going in the ‘right’ direction then isn’t it?

  2. Ron Says:

    From the USA TODAY article:

    The big drivers of red state income growth: energy and government benefit payments such as food stamps.

    By contrast, Democratic blue states are more affluent but were hit harder by the downturn. Connecticut, dependent on the financial industry, suffered the largest income drop except swing-state Nevada. Yet Connecticut residents still make $10,000 a year more on average than people in fast-growing North Dakota.


    USA TODAY analyzed income data released this week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to compare how red, blue and swing states have fared through June 30. The difference in income gains is partly because blue states are richer and more populated than red states — 42% of the nation’s income vs. 30% in red states. Also, the economic recovery since the recession officially ended in June 2009 has been distributed unequally around the country.

    North Dakota, a red state, tops the nation in income growth thanks to an oil boom. Other major energy states — Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas — are solidly Republican, polls show. Poor, southern red states depend heavily on government transfers for income and benefited from increases in Medicaid and other federal programs.

    It seems those “poor” red states are representative of that “47%” (Obama supporters who are dependent on government, believing they are “victims” and “unwilling to take responsibility for their lives”) Mr. Romney was referring to at his Florida fundraiser earlier in May.

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