The Bureau of Economic Analysis just released state-level GDP data for 2009
, and the chart above shows how individual states were affected by the economic downturn. Real GDP declined in 38 states in 2009, and overall GDP for all states declined by -2.14%.
Here's a comparison of right-to-work states
vs. forced unionism states for real economic growth in 2009:
Right-to-work states: -1.66%
Forced unionism states: -2.42%
All states: -2.14%
In other words, the decline in economic growth in forced unionism states (-2.42%) was 0.76% worse in 2009 than the decline in right-to-work states (-1.66%). Further, of the ten states that experienced positive growth in 2009, only two were forced unionism states (Alaska and W. Virginia) and eight were right-to-work states (Nebraska, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, Oklahoma and Wyoming). The three top states with the highest growth in 2009 were all right-to-work states: Oklahoma (6.6%), Wyoming (5.4%) and North Dakota (3.9%).