With Fewer Covid-19 Restrictions, South’s Economy Outperforms Nation

Region sees higher employment and consumer spending, but more infections and deaths

The U.S. unemployment rate shot up faster than in any other developed country during the pandemic. WSJ explains how differences in government aid and labor-market structures can help predict how and where jobs might recover. Video/Illustration: Jaden Urbi/WSJ

When coronavirus cases began surging across the South this summer, the region seemed destined for the same economic setback the Northeast suffered during the spring.

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