Bureau of Labor Statistics

The 10 most dangerous jobs

Vehicle accidents and falls caused more than half of on-the-job deaths in 2022. Here are the jobs with the highest rates of fatal injuries.

U.S. union membership hits new low: 10.0%

That’s down just a hair from 2022, when it was 10.1% according to the most recent annual report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Big strikes creep up again in 2022

At least 23 major work stoppages broke out last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Feb. 22—up from 16 the previous year.

Unemployment at its lowest in 50 years

In a Feb. 3 report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the United State gained 517,000 jobs in January.

Union membership continues fall as percentage of U.S. workforce

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 10.1% of U.S. workers were union members in 2022, the lowest level on record.

Inflation hits 41-year high

If you haven’t gotten an 8.6% raise over the past year, you’re not keeping up with inflation, which is at its highest level since 1981.

Top on-the-job killers

Transportation-related accidents are the lead cause of workplace death— more fatalities than falls, violence and harmful substances combined.

America’s most dangerous jobs

Most on-the-job deaths occur in the trucking industry, but a handful of workplaces have a higher fatality rate.

Unemployment is down. But then so is employment.

Unemployment was down to 4.0% last month, almost back to 3.5%, where it was two years ago before the pandemic.

The 16 biggest strikes of 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports annually on large work stoppages. Here are the 16 major actions happened in 2021, and how they turned out.

U.S. strikes rare but increasing in 2021

The year 2021 had twice as many large work stoppages as 2020, but still far fewer than in the teachers-union-led strike surge of 2018-2019.

Wages jumped in 2021, but inflation jumped higher

Wages for U.S. workers rose 4.5% in 2021, the fastest in 13 years. The biggest were in “leisure and hospitality” where wages jumped 14%.

Unions drop back to 10.3% of workforce

Last year’s jump in the percentage of workers who are union-represented appears to have been related to COVID.

Strikes disappear again in 2020

It looks like the 2018-2019 strike surge was a blip, not the start of a new trend. Last year there were just 8 strikes of over 1,000 workers.

Unions in 2020: membership is down, but share of workforce is up

Union members continue to out-earn nonunion workers—19.4% more, on average. And Oregon now ties with California as the 7th most unionized.

Nationwide strike wave continued in 2019

The strike wave that began in 2018 continued in 2019, according to the annual work stoppages report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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...

Are we bringing the strike back?

Back from rock bottom, strikes exploded in number last year.

The latest figures on union membership

The latest BLS report shows Washington as the nation's third most-unionized, while Oregon is tied for #11.

America’s most dangerous jobs

Three of the top 10 are in construction.