Right-to-Work States fare better with jobs

Carpe Diem  has some interesting factoids when writing about the new Right-to-Work law that just passed in Indiana. For the Union folks out there who are still wondering which way to go, take a look. How are all of your Union dues working out for you so far?

MP: Some facts appear in the table below, showing the differences in some key economic variables between right-to-work states and forced unionism states in the ten-year period between 2000 and 2010 based on BEA data available here.

Percentage Change,    
2000 to 2010
 Right-to-Work
States  
 Forced Union
States 
Private Employment 10.30% 1.90%
Private Sector Compensation 11.10% 0.70%
Real GDP per Capita 9.70% 7.89%
Source: BEA
 
  Here’s a summary:
 
1. Private employment in right-to-work states grew by 10% between 2000 and 2010, or more than five times the 1.9% private job growth in forced union states. 
 
2. In the period between 2000 and 2007 before the recession started, almost 8 million jobs were created in right-to-work states compared to fewer than 6 million new jobs in forced union states, even though forced union states outnumber right-to-work states 28 to 22 and have populations and labor forces that are 65% greater than right-to-work states.
 
3. Total private sector compensation grew more than 11% in right-to-work states in the 2000s, compared to only 0.70% in forced union states. 
 

4. Real per-capita GDP increased 9.7% between 2000 and 2010 in right-to-work states, compared to 7.89% in forced unionism states.

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