Union membership continues decline

Union membership dropped in 2019 to 14,574,000, down 170,000 (0.2%) from 2018, according to the latest annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Union members also dropped as a percentage of the workforce from 10.5% in 2018 to 10.3% in 2019. When the BLS began its current survey in 1983, 20.1% of American workers were in a union. The information comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.


Union members as a percentage of the workforce

10.3%

  • Public sector  33.6%
  • Private sector  6.2%

Total union membership

14.6 million workers

  • Private sector  7.5 million
  • Public sector  7.1 million

Non-union workers earnings compared to union

81%


Where states rank, from most unionized to least

  • #1 Hawaii 23.5%
  • #2 New York 21.0%
  • #3 Washington 18.8%
  • #4 Rhode Island 17.4%
  • #5 Alaska 17.1%
  • #7 California 15.2%
  • #10 Oregon 14.4%
  • #43 Idaho 4.9%
  • #50 South Carolina 2.7%

MORE: See the full report here.

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