Real, Spendable Income Higher Per Capita in Right to Work States

NRTWC states with lowest income

Among the 14 states with the highest cost of living last year, not one has a Right to Work law. But 14 of the 15 lowest-cost states protected employees’ Right to Work in 2023.

When 2023 disposable personal income (personal income minus taxes) data, as reported by the U.S. Commerce Department, are adjusted for differences in living costs, the results show that four of the five highest-ranking states have Right to Work laws. Meanwhile, six of the seven bottom-ranking states lack Right to Work laws.

Overall, the mean cost of living-adjusted disposable income per capita in Right to Work states last year was $59,329, roughly $2,800 higher than the forced-dues-state mean.

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