In particular, the unemployment rates different states are experiencing are strongly correlated with the harshness and length of the pandemic lockdowns their state governments imposed. With a few exceptions, Republican governors rolled back restrictions on the economy much faster than their Democratic counterparts.
Louisiana is supposedly a red state, but we have a Democrat governor who absolutely adores Federal Money, and a group of RINOs in the legislature that Moon Griffon call the Fraud Squad. These erstwhile Republicans vote with the Democrats on many initiatives and refuse to enact true reform.
I note that many self-identified Republicans are actually Democrats, but no self-proclaimed Democrat is ever a Republican.