Long-time readers of the HOTLINE know that we were the first vocal opponents of business shutdowns and school closures during COVID. We also presented the early evidence that those lockdown states — mostly the ones with Democrat governors — had lost the most jobs and suffered the most business bankruptcies. We also showed the mass migration of Americans who moved from lockdown states like California to open states like Florida and Utah.
Now the indispensable Wall Street Journal editorial page has updated the business relocation data based on the latest BLS data through the end of COVID. Notice that all the big winners were the red no-lockdown states and the big losers were the blue states that shut down their businesses. Migration of businesses out of the blue states doubled during the COVID years. And something tells us those firms and the jobs aren’t coming back.
Amazing that Democrats STILL defend lockdowns.