“Right to Work” by the Numbers: Part 12: Unemployment Rates in Mid-December 2015


The “right-to-work” states are indicated in red, and the pro-labor states in white:

US Map 1

Compare that map with this map indicating the state unemployment rates reported on December 18, 2015:

Unemployement 2015-12-18

In the Ohio House, legislation has been introduced to impose “right-to-work” restrictions on private-sector unions, with the primary argument for the measure being the now very tired assertion that pro-labor states cannot compete economically with “right-to-work” states—that pro-labor states are at a decided disadvantage in attracting job-creating companies.

A comparison of these two maps provides no support for those claims.

Such a comparison also does not support the assertion that Ohio cannot compete with adjacent states that have recently passed “right-to-work” legislation: Indiana and Wisconsin are doing only very marginally better in terms of employment and Michigan is doing worse.

Moreover, look at the job-creation statistics that have just been reported:

Table D.  States with statistically significant employment changes from November 2014…

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