Newly released data from the Labor Department confirms that Republican governors and legislatures are leading the way in getting America back to work.
Through July, nine of the top 10 states for jobs recovered since the coronavirus pandemic began are led by Republican governors, and all 10 states have Republican-controlled legislatures.
The top three states for jobs recovered are all Republican-led.
15 of the 18 states that have more jobs than when the pandemic hit are Republican-led: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Nebraska, Alabama, and Utah.
Republican-led states on average have recovered 106 percent of their lost jobs compared to just over 92 percent for Democrat-run states.
Where does Illinois rank on this chart? 17th from the bottom, with over 800,000 jobs lost during COVID and 85% recovered.