Intercepts

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Union Membership at 62-Year Low

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Jan• 23•13

I’ll have in-depth analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on union membership in Monday’s communiqué, but here are just a few stats to keep you occupied until then.

* The total number of union members in 2012 was 14,366,000, which is the lowest number since 1950 (14,267,000), when the U.S. workforce was less than half the size it is now.

* The private sector union membership numbers are particularly striking. Since the year 2000, the private sector has added almost 4.4 million jobs, while private sector unions have lost almost 2.2 million members.

* There are now almost 300,000 more union members who work for the government than there are in the private sector.

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4 Comments

  1. Hans Moleman says:

    One of the more striking aspects of the collapse of private-sector unions is the manufacturing sector. What we have long thought of as a problem of vanishing manufacturing jobs is apparently limited to a disappearance in union manufacturing jobs.

    Today we have as many non-union factory jobs as we had in 1977 (12.5 million). But we have lost 6 million union jobs.

    Check here: http://mistermoleman.com/2013/01/18/unions-vs-jobs/

  2. Hans Moleman says:

    One striking aspect of the collapse of private sector unions is the manufacturing sector. What we have long thought of as the disappearance of factory jobs is in fact limited to the disappearance of union factory jobs.

    We now have as many non-union factory jobs as we had in 1977 (12.5 million). But we have lost 6 million union jobs (only 1.5 million left).

    For more, see here: http://mistermoleman.com/2013/01/18/unions-vs-jobs/

  3. Chris says:

    You seem to have picked an increasingly irrelevant niche to write about that is today breathing its last. How few unions must there be before it no longer really matters? Whatever will you write about when all the unions are gone and all our lives are better for it?

  4. Mike Antonucci says:

    I’ll retire a happy man.