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« Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 503 - Rhode Island, Texas' Antithesis. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 505 - New Hampshire & Jobs. »

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 504 - Unionism & Jobs.

Unions Drive Jobs Away-

In the past year, America's economy is a tale of two types of states.

The lower tax states, which also tend to be right-to-work states and therefore have low proportions of unionized workers as a percentage of the total workforce, have ranged somewhere between decent, pretty well, and booming.

The higher tax states, however, which tend to be forced-unionization states with high proportions of union workers, have seen a range of economic performance somewhere between OMG and WTF.

Let's examine the top 10 states for private-sector job creation (rate, not raw #) over the past year, versus the top 10 states for private-sector job loss (.pdf):


The top ten states for job creation, from June 2007 to June 2008, added 332,100 jobs.

The bottom ten states lost 330,400 jobs.

Pretty much identical.

Interestingly, in those top ten states, the median percentage of workers who are unionized is 8.9%.

In the bottom ten states, it's 14.2%.

A fairly substantial difference.

Maybe unions should change their bumper sticker from "the ones who brought you the weekend" to "the ones who brought you the weakened economy in your state."


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Rhode Island Is The Opposite Of Texas.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 July 2008 08:11 AM


I'd like to know why it takes coercive tactics on the behalf of unionbusters to get those numbers. That is, stuffing the ballot by hiring people that will dilute the pool of voters, obstructing unions when they wish to make their case to people, intimidating workers with thugs from Vance International, running gambling pools to gauge their success(none of which are secret),

Card check puts the control in the worker. Nothing Soviet about it unless you wish to dirty your own hands with the same blood.

Posted by: sethstorm at July 25, 2008 04:17 PM

..., running gambling pools to gauge their success(none of which are secret),

should be:
, and running gambling pools to gauge their success(none of which are secret).

Posted by: sethstorm at July 25, 2008 04:18 PM