Faster Job Growth in RTW States

From Michigan Capitol Confidential:

From January 1995 through October 2015, the seven states with the highest private sector job growth were all right-to-work.

  • Nevada: 66.4%
  • North Dakota: 65.0%
  • Utah: 59.8%
  • Arizona: 54.6%
  • Texas: 54.1%
  • Idaho: 49.9%
  • Florida: 42.2%

During the same period, four of the seven states with the lowest private sector job growth were forced unionization states.

  • Michigan: 2.9%
  • Mississippi: 3.2%
  • Ohio: 5.6%
  • Illinois: 7.2%
  • Connecticut: 8.9%
  • Alabama: 9.0%
  • West Virginia: 9.2%

Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and West Virginia are all forced-unionization states, as was Michigan until March 2013.

Based on the most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the four states with the fastest private sector job growth during the first 10 months of 2015 were Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Florida, all with a right-to-work law.

Although letting workers choose whether to pay unions is just one policy in a long list of variables affecting job creation, right-to-work states continue to top the charts for private sector job growth.