Right to Work, by the Numbers, Part 2

ACADEME BLOG

The Impact of Immigration

In the first post in this series, I attempted to counter the claim that the population shift from the “Rust Belt” to the “Sun Belt” has reflected a preference for living in “right-to-work” rather than in “pro-labor” states. I can both summarize that argument and extend it by pointing out that out of the four basic geographic and demographic regions of the United States—the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, and the West—the South and the West have both the fastest rising populations that are 65 and older and the youngest overall populations.

Specifically, over the last ten years the 65-and-older population has increased 19.7% in the South and 23.5% in the West, while it has increased just 5.9% in the Northeast and 9.2% in the Midwest. To put these percentages in context, the 65-and-older population has increased from 7.7% of the total population in 2000 to…

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