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Thursday, April 15, 2010
The graph to the left relates the per-capita debt level for each state (from 2007) to the percentage of the public workforce that is unionized. Thus, a value of 50% would indicate that half of the workforce in the public sector is unionized. That positive correlation is strong and interesting. Perhaps the basis for an interesting master's thesis.
Here is another view, this time using the ratio of the percentage of the public workforce in unions to the percentage of the private workforce in unions. In this case, a value of 10 on the horizontal axis would indicate that the public workforce is unionized at 10 times the rate as the private workforce in that state:
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