Data Snapshots

The biggest Trump-era job gains were in counties that Biden won

Nov 24, 2020

Counties that Biden won in the 2020 presidential election accounted for 68 percent of U.S. job growth from 2016 to 2019. By flipping Maricopa County, Arizona, which had gone to the Republican candidate in the past three presidential elections, Biden was able to win 19 of the 20 counties that had the biggest increases in total jobs. Union County, North Carolina, (outside Charlotte), which ranked 20th, was the Trump county with the most employment growth. Among the counties ranked between 20 and 100 for employment growth, Biden won two-thirds of those counties. Florida and Texas together accounted for around one-fifth of total jobs gained across both Trump and Biden counties. Explore the map below to see how other counties performed.

Note: Election margins are preliminary and vote counts are still being finalized in many states.

Job growth, 2016-2019 and 2020 election margin for counties that gained jobs

Read more about county-level economic performance and the 2020 presidential election.

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