New state-by-state job numbers are out, and they indicate that the economies of crucial swing states are still limping along, which might present a challenge to President Obama’s reelection hopes.
Nevada, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico and Indiana all lost jobs from May to June, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while states such as California and North Dakota added jobs.
Growth was also anemic in Florida, where the president had been campaigning this week.
“Today’s employment report reveals the problematic arithmetic of continuing to bring down the unemployment rate,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida.
Data from past elections suggest that the economies of individual states have little effect on presidential election results. Voters in the past have responded mostly to news about the national economy, political scientists say. Nonetheless, in a close election, state-to-state variations could have some influence in a state sicj as Florida, which saw its unemployment rate fall to 8.6% from 10.7% a year ago, but added only 9,000 jobs in June.