Friday, January 21, 2011
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released its 2010 figures for union coverage. Overall union density went down from 12.3% to 11.9%; in the private sector, union density went down from 7.2% to 6.9%, and in the public sector, it went from 37.4% to 36.2%. Among the other highlights:
--The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.2 percent) was
substantially higher than the rate for private sector workers (6.9 percent).
--Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest
unionization rate at 37.1 percent.
--Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian,
or Hispanic workers.
--Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate (24.2 percent)
and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.2 percent).
For more detailed compilations of the 2010 union membership figures, as well as historical data, you can see unionstats.com.