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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Friday, January 24, 2014

Breaking News: BLS Releases 2013 Data on Union Membership

The BLS just released their annual survey of union membership. As ususal, the report is quite comprehensive and is available here.  Some of the highlights include:

    --Public-sector workers had a union membership rate (35.3 percent) more 
     than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.7 percent). 

   --Workers in education, training, and library occupations and in protective 
     service occupations had the highest unionization rate, at 35.3 percent for 
     each occupation group. 

   --Men had a higher union membership rate (11.9 percent) than women (10.5 
     percent). (See table 1.)

   --Black workers were more likely to be union members than white, Asian, or 
     Hispanic workers. 
--Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (24.4 percent), and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.0 percent).

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