2012 Union Membership By The Numbers

From 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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.4 million, also declined over the year.
Highlights from the 2012 data:
   --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). 
--Workers in education, training, and library occupations and in protective service occupations had the highest unionization rates, at 35.4 and 34.8 percent, respectively. --Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian,
or Hispanic workers. --Among states, New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (23.2 percent), and North Carolina again had the lowest rate (2.9 percent).
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