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Democrats Claim the Economy Needs Work. Here's a Breakdown of the Early Primary States

With backdrop looking good, Democrats focus on cracks forming.

"I Voted" stickers sit on a table at a polling station in Columbia, South Carolina.
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

With just days before the Iowa caucuses, a look at the first four primary states highlights how the nation’s economic might is playing out at the state level.

Iowa’s economy, at the forefront of the U.S.-China trade war, continues to grow, albeit modestly. The workforce participation rate in New Hampshire has improved as the strong jobs market lures more Americans off the sidelines. Nevada is seeing its lowest unemployment rate on record. And in South Carolina, more African Americans are finding jobs.