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News from EPI Right-to-work law did not help Oklahoma’s labor market

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Contact: Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, 202-775-8810

In 2001, Oklahoma became the 22nd and most recent state in the U.S. to pass “right-to-work,” a law whose name suggests it is good for workers.  But, as today’s Snapshot shows, both Oklahoma and surrounding states have seen unemployment rates rise by almost the exact same amount in the years since 2001. Claims that right-to-work would create jobs and improve Oklahoma’s employment situation have turned out to be false.  Click for Snapshot.