Lowest Top Ten

Some may call it a coincidence but I’m not sure. Of the top 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates in August ’09, nine are ‘Right to Work’ states and one is a ‘union state’. They are as follows:

1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. Nebraska
4. Utah
5. Virginia
6. Montana
7. Wyoming
8. Iowa

26. Wisconsin

*Vermont is the only union state to make the top ten. I added your union state of Wisconsin which comes in at 26th. As a matter of information there are 22 right to work states and 28 union states. Also 7 of the bottom ten states (includes D.C.) , those with the highest unemployment, are union states. This can be analyzed an infinite number of ways but the numbers speak for themselves.


  1. Wow. That’s interesting.

  2. The Lorax says:

    This is pretty compelling stuff. I guess the counter would be that these are states with very little manufacturing.

    Still, kind of stark figures there.

  3. J. Strupp says:

    North and South Dakota are booming actually and I don’t think it has anything to do with “union” or “right to work” in their case.

    We do some work for contractors out in the oil fields in western North Dakota and I was just out in Minot last week for an yearly check-up. The hotels are filled with out of town contractors (lots of Michigan plates). These states are desperate for skilled workers (if you want to relocate to western North/South Dakota). The oil boom out there has left these areas completely unscathed from the recession. Actually, quite the opposite as many farmers have become millionaires almost overnight.

    Montana’s labor market is benefitting greatly from this as well.