Where did Trump make election gains? Unemployment data tells a surprising story

In an election year when the unemployment rate in the U.S. soared to its highest level since the Great Depression and was compared to a natural disaster, a terrorist attack and a financial shock all at once, many voters across the country — even in states with the biggest economic fallout — cast their ballot for President Donald Trump.

A bad economy typically hurts an incumbent’s party. In the 2008 election, voters delivered Democrat Barack Obama the presidency following the financial crisis that began under President George W. Bush, a Republican.

While Biden won more counties with higher unemployment, Trump’s share of votes increased from 2016 to 2020 in most of the hardest-hit counties.

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