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Good Graph Friday: Union ranks declining

The effort by the Wisconsin legislature to curb union power comes at a time when overall union membership has taken a sharp hit, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.In 2010, the BLS said union membership fell by 617,000, to 14.7 million. A decade ago, 16.3 million people were in unions.Union members now make up 11.9 percent of the workforce. A decade ago, that fig
Number of union members, in thousands
Number of union members, in thousandsBureau of Labor Statistics / Today

The effort by the Wisconsin legislature to curb union power comes at a time when overall union membership has taken a sharp hit, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2010, the BLS said union membership fell by 617,000, to 14.7 million. A decade ago, 16.3 million people were in unions.

Union members now make up 11.9 percent of the workforce. A decade ago, that figure stood at 13.4 percent.

The BLS offers a couple of other interesting tidbits about union members.

  • The occupations with the highest union membership rate included education, training and library jobs.
  • Black workers are more likely to be in unions than white, Asian or Hispanic workers.
  • New York is the state with the highest rate of union membership.

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