Unionization Rate Drops to 10.7%

I’ll have much more on this next week, but the headlines on the annual union membership report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are these:

  • The percentage of wage and salary employees who belong to unions is 10.7%, down from 11.1% in 2015.
  • In the private sector only 6.4% of workers belong to unions, down from 6.7%.
  • 40.3% of local government employees, which includes public school teachers, firefighters and police officers, were unionized, down from 41.3%.
  • Though there were about 2.4 million more workers in 2016, there were 240,000 fewer union members.
  • The states with the largest drops in union share of the workforce were Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Nevada and Oregon.