Noted Economist Mark Perry Shows Right to Work’s Advantage in Job Creation

Michigan joins states creating jobs at almost 3X the rate of forced unionism states

The chart above (data here) shows that since the recession ended in June 2009, more than two jobs have been created in right-to-work (RTW) states for every one job created in forced unionism states (2.16 million jobs in RTW states vs. 1.05 million jobs in forced unionism states).  And when you consider that the population of forced unionism states (141.4 million) is 1.38 times larger than the population of RTW states (102.6 million), that means that RTW states are creating jobs at almost three times (2.16 / 1.05 * 1.38) the pace as in forced unionism states. We could also say that forced unionism states would have created close to three million jobs (2.16 m x 1.38) if those states had added new jobs at the same rate as RTW states over the last three years, instead of the 1.05 million increase.  In other words, there are about 2 million “missing jobs” in forced unionism states that have much to do with the politics of forced unionism.

Further evidence of a better labor market in RTW states is provided by the fact that the October jobless rate in RTW states at 7.4% is a full point lower than the jobless rate for forced-unionism states at 8.4%.  If the forced unionism states had a 7.4% jobless rate, it would mean that more than 800,000 currently unemployed workers in those states would be working today, instead of seeking employment.

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