Where the Jobs Are

A fascinating nugget from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research:

To convince voters things were getting better, the Obama campaign pointed to the millions of jobs that have been created since the recession officially ended in June 2009. Household employment data for the 50 states and Washington, D.C., … do show an overall net gain of 2.59 million jobs through this September…

Ironically, the bulk of the increase occurred in the 22 states that have had Right to Work laws on the books since June 2009. Their aggregate household employment grew by 1.86 million, or 3.4%. (Since Indiana did not adopt its Right to Work law until this February, the 19,000 jobs it added are not included.) …

Right to Work states (again excluding Indiana) were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the U.S. from June 2009 through September 2012. If these states’ job increase had been no better than the 0.85% experienced by forced-unionism states as a group, the nationwide job increase would have been less than half as great. And the President wouldn’t have been able even to pretend the economy was in recovery.

Another interesting (though unsurprising) note: of the 23 states with right-to-work laws (I am including Indiana), 19 went for Romney in the Electoral College (Florida, Iowa, Nevada, and Virginia were the exceptions).