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Is the Right To Work Law Working in MI?

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Since 1990, almost all of the top 10 job growth states are right to work states.  Compare that to all most all of the lowest job growth states are non right to work states.

Is this just a coincidence?

Let us look at this a different way, 18 out of the 25 states with the fastest job growth are right to work states compared to 19 out of the 25 states with the slowest growth rates are non right to work.

All of this data is coming from the U.S. Department Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So the question could be asked, do you want more jobs or possibly more pay for the fewer people who have jobs.

Here is another statistic, for the past nearly quarter of a century, right-to-work states have an average job growth at about twice the rate of non right to work states.

Professor Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan-Flint and an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the results are not surprising.  He went on to say “This confirms previous research that shows that economic performance when measured by job growth, unemployment rates, income growth, or new business creation is generally higher in right-to-work states than in forced unionism states,” Perry said. “When thousands of firms make decisions on the expansion of their existing operations, opening businesses or factories in new locations, and possibly relocating their businesses, labor costs and labor flexibility are primary considerations. Compared to forced unionism states, right-to-work states offer U.S. and U.S. based companies a more business friendly environment, lower labor costs and greater workplace flexibility, and it makes sense that RTW states have demonstrated a clear ‘job growth advantage’ over their forced unionism counterparts since 1990.”

The 10 states with the greatest overall employment growth: Nevada, Utah, North Dakota, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.

The top 10 states with the least employment growth: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Michigan (became a right-to-work state in 2013), New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts.

You decide which is better Right to Work or not?

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