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The Wall Street Journal published a report on Tuesday highlighting the economic gains made by the red states in the post-epidemic economy. The piece, written by Josh Mitchell, lists Florida, Texas and North Carolina as the three states that benefited the most from the migration of people from New York and California to the south and center of the country.

“The epidemic has changed the geography of the American economy,” Mitchell wrote. “By many measures, the red states – which are the weakest Republicans – have healed more economically than the democratically inclined blue states, with workers and employers moving from the coast to the center of the country and Florida,” he added.

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Mitchell drew attention to a study by the Brookings Institution which found that 341,000 jobs had been created in the red states since February 2020. “Since February 2020, the month before the epidemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs in the red states has risen by more than half a percent, according to an analysis of data from the Brookings Institution think tank’s Department of Labor,” he wrote.

“The red states added 341,000 jobs during that period, while the blue states lost 1.3 million jobs as of May.”

Mitchell mentioned several high-profile companies, such as Citadel and Caterpillar, with organizations moving from red to blue states.

He drew attention to Moody’s analysis which showed a trend of workers moving to the red states, noting that “remote work allowed many workers to move to the red states, not for political preferences but for economic and lifestyle reasons – cheaper housing, better weather, less traffic and lower taxes.” . ”

In particular, the economic, lifestyle and tax differences between the states have a lot to do with politics.

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Mitchell wrote that the shift has already benefited the red states financially. “The movement is already having an impact on the state’s economy and finances. Florida is on track to record a record budget surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, which is credited to some extent to new residents,” he reported.

“The state is putting most of the extra money into reserve funds to protect state agencies and residents during the next recession, while investing in school construction and raising teachers’ salaries, ”said Ron Desantis, a spokesman for the Florida government.

The report also underlines that parents are more likely to exclude their children from public schools with more distance learning days.

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“In general, red states were less likely to apply mask or vaccine orders, social-distance restrictions, or distance schooling than blue states,” he wrote.

“Enrollment in public primary and secondary schools declined nationally during the epidemic, but the sharpest decline occurred in school districts with more days of distance learning, according to a recent American Enterprise Institute study.”