National Right to Work Committee: Michigan #1, Indiana #2 in Factory Job Growth

NATIONAL RIGHT TO WORK -- "According to U.S. Labor Department data released this spring, Michigan and Indiana, which both adopted Right to Work laws in 2012, led the nation in manufacturing job growth in 2014. Michigan gained a net of nearly 20,000 factory jobs last year, an absolute increase greater than any other state’s. And Indiana’s rise of over 15,000 was the second highest in the nation.

Overall, the 24 states with Right to Work laws on the books as of the end of last year picked up a total of 105,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector in 2014. That’s well over double the aggregate absolute increase for forced-unionism states.

...It’s not surprising that the Right to Work laws adopted by Michigan in December 2012, and by Indiana in February 2012, would help put those states at the top of the pack in factory job creation. Long-term federal data show manufacturing output is growing far more rapidly in states where unionism is voluntary.

From 2003 to 2013, for example, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, the 22 states with Right to Work protections for the entire decade experienced total real manufacturing output growth of 26.1 percent, nearly double the increase for the 26 states that lacked Right to Work laws for the whole time."

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