Politically speaking, blue Rhode Island’s 11.2 percent unemployment rate is insignificant, as is red Oklahoma’s 5 percent. From ABC’s Matt Negrin:
Because the United States still holds elections under the arcane rules of the electoral college, only a handful of states will determine who the next president is. And in those states, the state of the economy is much more important, politically of course, than in the old party standard bearers.
So which swing state economies are doing fine, and which ones could pose a problem for President Obama? Florida, North Carolina and Nevada have the highest unemployment of the battleground states, but there is a downward trend in all of them. Read Negrin’s full breakdown of trends in swing state economies and how those trends could affect the 2012 candidates.