Right to Work States Faster Growth, Higher Real Purchasing Power

Right to Work States Benefit From Faster Growth, Higher Real Purchasing Power

Fall 2017 Update (download pdf file of Fact Sheet)

Right to Work States Benefit From Faster Growth,
Higher Real Purchasing Power — Fall 2017 Update
Percentage Growth in Total Private
Sector, Non-Farm Employment
Right To Work States 15.4%
Forced-Unionism States 10.4%
Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Percentage Growth in the
Number of People Employed
Right To Work States 8.1%
Forced-Unionism States 3.5%
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Household Survey
Growth in Manufacturing,
Private-Sector Payroll Employment
Right To Work States 5.9%
Forced-Unionism States 3.0%
BLS Establishment Survey
Cost of Living-Adjusted Per Capita
Disposable Personal Income
Right To Work States  $42,814
Forced-Unionism States  $40,377
Missouri Economic Research and Information Center; BEA
“Tax Freedom Day”
Right To Work States April, 17
Forced-Unionism States May, 1
Tax Foundation; BEA
Percentage Growth in Number of
People Covered by Private Health Insurance
Right To Work States 7.6%
Forced-Unionism States -0.1%
Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (BOC)
Percentage Real Growth in
Household Consumption
Right To Work States 21.9%
Forced-Unionism States 15.9%
Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Welfare (TANF) Recipients
Per Thousand Residents
(Fiscal 2016)
Right To Work States 4.0
Forced-Unionism States 12.2
U.S. Administration for Children and Families; BOC
Growth in Number of Residents
Aged 35-54
Right To Work States 1.8%
Forced-Unionism States -7.4%
Growth in Employment of Majority-Owned
U.S. Affiliates of Nondomestic Companies
Right To Work States 28.7%
Forced-Unionism States 21.0%
New Privately-Owned Single-Unit Housing
Authorizations Per Thousand Residents
Right To Work States 3.2
Forced-Unionism States 1.5

* The term “Tax Freedom Day” was coined and popularized by the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C. based Tax Foundation.  As the Tax Foundation has explained, it is “the day when Americans . . . finally have earned enough money to pay off their total [federal, state and local] tax bill for the year.”  (For

simplicity’s sake, the Tax Foundation assumes an equal amount of income is earned every day, and does not distinguish weekdays from weekends.)

Indiana and Michigan became Right to Work states in early 2012 and early 2013, respectively.  Wisconsin’s Right to Work law was adopted in March 2015, and West Virginia banned forced union dues and fees in 2016. These four states are excluded from all multi-year analyses including the year in which they went Right to Work.  They are included among the Right to Work states for analyses covering only the period since their laws took effect. Since the Kentucky and Missouri Right to Work laws were not adopted until this year, they are counted as Right to Work only for the analysis covering 2017 alone.

To obtain more detailed information about how any or all of the above comparative economic data were derived, contact Stan Greer — e-mail stg@nrtw.org .

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