State and percent increase in jobless rate since recession began (with current unemployment rate in parentheses)The Institute for Southern Studies says unions can't be blamed for these losses.
1. North Carolina: +6 (10.7% -- 4th highest in country)
2. Oregon: +5.4 (10.8%)
3. Rhode Island: +5.3 (10.5%)
4. Nevada: +4.9 (10.1%)
4. Indiana: +4.9 (9.4%)
4. Florida: +4.9 (9.4%)
7. South Carolina: +4.8 (11% -- 2nd highest in country)
7. Georgia: +4.8 (9.3%)
9. Alabama: +4.7 (8.4%)
10. Michigan: +4.6 (12%)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, via Wall Street Journal
One interesting point about those high unemployment numbers in the South: They certainly appear to disprove the argument, put forward by opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act, that unions cause higher unemployment.So much for the idea that right-to-work (for less) laws give states a competitive edge.
The Carolinas -- which have among the lowest union density rates in the country -- have also seen some of the largest growth in joblessness.
This suggests that, as many other studies have found, unemployment rises and falls due to a vast array of changes in the economy -- and can't be pinned on unions.