Red state cities far outpace blue state cities in economic recovery from pandemic

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As the country continues to climb back from more than a year of an economic downward spiral during the COVID-19 pandemic, cities in states with Republican-led governors that imposed fewer restrictions are experiencing a faster and more robust comeback.

A study by WalletHub ranked the top 180 cities in the country to determine where economic recovery is occurring.

The financial analytics firm used four key metrics to find out where workers have been the least and most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They looked at the change in each city's unemployment rate for May, which is the last month available, then compared that to May 2019, January 2020 and May 2020.

The differences between the top and bottom 10 primarily come down to policy decisions.

Los Angeles City, Los Angeles, United States by Pedro Marroquin is licensed under Unsplash License