A recent study from the National Institute for Labor Relations (NILR) on job growth over the past decade showed a marked difference between Right to Work (RTW) States and those that are not. RTW states allow each worker to decide if and how they want to be represented with management, whereas Non-RTW states force workers into specific unions.
Here’s what the NILR found in the data: RTW states grew their jobs by 17.7% from 1997 to 2007 compared to 8.6% for Non-RTW; by 9.7% from 2002 to 2007 compared to 3.6%; and by 1.7% from 2006 to 2007 compared to 0.7%.
In the Midwest, RTW states grew their jobs by FIVE TIMES the rate of non-RTW states during the past five years!
Another amazing difference between the two groups of states was in the growth of patents granted annually, which increased by 33% in the RTW states from 1995 to 2005 vs. only 11% in non-RTW states during the same period.
The freedoms enjoyed in RTW states is drawing much of our site selection business attention. We see that continuing and the gap between RTW states and non-RTW states continuing to grow in the future.