View/Download the above in Excel: Summary State Stats RTW Region 2010
The data on the Summary of Per Capita Statistics Categorized by Geographical Region and Right to Work Laws Report compiled by EconoSTATS is taken from our General State and Budget Statistics Report. See previous report for an explanation of the general categories used in this analysis.
This new report looks the fiscal situations of the States with Right-to-Work Laws compared to those without Right-to-Work Laws to see if there are any striking differences between the two groups. It further breaks down this analysis by geographical region to try to isolate any differences that may actually be do to regional location.
The first two columns of the spreadsheet do a strict comparison the fiscal and budgetary situations of Right-to-Work States with non-Right-to-Work States. We can see from this assessment that the average unemployment rate of Right-to-Work States is 8.45% to the 9.01% average unemployment rate in non-Right-to-Work States. In other words, the unemployment rate in non-Right-to-Work States is approximately 6.6% higher than Right-to-Work States.
On average, Non-Right-to-Work States also have higher GDP and Personal Income Per Capita, but they also have considerably higher Debt Per Capita as well. In fact, the most striking difference between the two groups is that on average the Debt in Right-to-Work States is 5.32% of Total GDP in those States, whereas non-Right-to-Work States Debt to GDP ratio is 10.41%.
The bottom of the spreadsheet breaks down Funds Received from Fed Per Capita statistics into major spending categories, such as Unemployment Compensation, Grants, et cetera. We did this analysis to see how much money Right-to-Work States received from the Federal Government compared to non-Right-to-Work States. The Average Funds Received from Federal Government (Per Capita) category encompasses this analysis. In almost every category, non-Right-to-Work States receive more funding from the Federal Government.
The next categories looked at the fiscal and budgetary situations of Right-to-Work States with their regional counterparts. Thus, we can look at how the average Right-to-Work State in the Midwest fares to the average non-Right-to-Work State in the Midwest. Unfortunately, we are unable to complete a similar comparison in the Northeast, since none of the States have Right-to-Work Laws.