Jobs Continue To Flow From Pro-Union To Right-To-Work States

Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows the migration of job from such states as Illinois to states including Florida and Texas
YOUNGSTOWN, OH -  MAY 18:  Workers line up to hear President Barack Obama deliver a speech on jobs and the economy at the V&M Star Company May 18, 2010 in Youngstown, Ohio.  V&M Star manufactures pipe for the oil and gas industries.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Right-to-work states have added 1.3 million jobs since 2020, while non-RTW states lost 1.1 million jobs, according to a study by economist Todd Nesbit and public policy analyst Michael LaFaive.
  • Right-to-work laws prevent employees from being terminated for refusing to pay union dues.
  • “During the pandemic, there was a huge out-migration from states like Illinois, New York, New Jersey and California into the southern states like Texas, Florida, North Carolina an others, and all of those states happen to be right-to-work,” said Lee Schalk, vice president of policy at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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