Governors’ Shutdowns Did Not Cause the Pandemic Jobs Crisis
The Washington Post
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 416,000 Americans and recently pulled the U.S. economic recovery into reverse. Some states have shut down again to get a handle on surging caseloads. And critics have blamed those states’ governors, typically Democrats, for job losses.
But pandemic-related economic research shows the shutdowns aren’t killing jobs; the virus is.
In the first outbreaks last spring, people stayed home to avoid contracting the deadly novel coronavirus, regardless of what their governor said.