Right on cue, here is today's Washington Post's attempt to spin you a yarn.
First, the headline:-
In swing states, economic picture a little brighter for ObamaThen, the text:-
In seven of those 12 states — Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — the unemployment rate is below the June national average of 8.2 percent. In some, it is considerably less than the national average; the June rates in New Hampshire, Iowa and Virginia were below 6 percent. Even in Ohio, a state hit hard by the collapse of the manufacturing sector, the unemployment rate is a full percentage point below the U.S. average.
The only small problem the WaPo and the JackAss have, is six of the seven virtuous states have had Replublican governors for two years.
Someone has taken the trouble to do the numbers.
It turns out that the population-weighted average unemployment rate in states with Republican governors is 7.6 percent. The number for states with Democratic governors in 8.8. In other words, blue America (defined in terms of governors) has a higher unemployment rate than red America.
Unemployment in states governed by Republicans averages 7.6%
Unemployment in states governed by Democrats averages 8.8%