The right-to-work difference

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE STAFF
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 10:01 AM

Minnesota unemployment rate, December 2011: 5.70% Unemployment rate in right-to-work states*: 7.50%
Minnesota median weekly earnings, full-time workers, 2009: $801 Median weekly earnings in right-to-work states: $680
Minnesota median household income, 2009: $56,090 Median household income in right-to-work states: $46,238
Minnesota poverty rate, 2009: 11% Average poverty rate in right-to-work states: 15%

*Data on “right to work” states excludes Indiana, which enacted that policy on Feb. 2.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Education, University of Maine; Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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