Fox News host Alisyn Camerota twice propagated the false claim that workers in so-called “right-to-work” states make $7,000 more a year than those in states without right-to-work laws. In fact, average wages in states with right-to-work laws are lower than those without.
Guest-hosting the December 11 edition of Fox News' America Live, Camerota said to guest Leslie Marshall during a discussion of a right-to-work law in Michigan: “The president said something that was possibly incorrect yesterday. He said that it's legislation like this that will lower workers' wages, when in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics in their latest report say that it's the right-to-work states where workers' wages are higher, on average $49,000 versus $42,000. Here are the statistics. So the president was actually inaccurate when he said that this would lower workers' wages.”
Camerota's claim, however, is false. According to a June 20 Congressional Research Service report on right-to-work laws, the average annual wage in right-to-work states is $42,465, compared with $49,495 in “union security” states.
Meanwhile, a graphic that appeared during Camerota's interview actually got the numbers correct:
Later in the program, Camerota repeated the false claim during an interview with Mark Mix of National Right to Work Legal Defense: