Using data acquired from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, analysis conducted by Media Trackers Montana shows that over the past decade, states with Right to Work (RTW) laws experienced significantly higher economic growth than states that force employees to join unions.

Between 2001 and 2011, RTW states experienced 50.4 percent average growth in total wage disbursements, while non-RTW states experienced only 39.4 percent average growth.

Farm wages for RTW states have also experienced significantly more growth than non-RTW states. Farm wages in RTW states grew by an average of 34.2 percent, while non-RTW states farm wages grew by an average of 14.3 percent.

RTW states have also observed a higher growth in total employment. RTW states experienced an average growth of employment by 10.36 percent (4.12 percent above the national average) since 2001, while non-RTW states experienced an average growth of employment by only 4.8 percent (1.41 percent below the national average).

Analysis also shows that the average cost of living in RTW states is 20.8 percent less than that of states without RTW laws in place. On average, people living in a state with RTW laws in place receive a little over 10 percent more for each dollar spent.

Twenty-two states currently have RTW laws in place.

Garrett Lenderman is a researcher and writer for Media Trackers Montana, a conservative non-profit, non-partisan, watchdog journalism group, holding both the media and government accountable.