Interesting chart, posted by David F. Ruccio’s Blog (thank you, David)

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

In 2012, the union membership rate–the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union–was 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011. . .The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.4 million, also declined over the year. In 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

In addition,

  • Public-sector workers had a union membership rate (35.9 percent) more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.6 percent).
  • Black workers (13.4 percent) were more likely to be union members than were white (11.1 percent), Asian (9.6 percent), or Hispanic workers (9.8 percent).
  • By age, older workers, those 25 years and over (13.7 percent) were much more likely to be union members than young workers, 16-24 years…

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