2013 Union Density Changes Little from 2012

Published: January 24, 2014

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual data finding that in 2013, the union membership rate—the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions—was 11.3 percent, the same as in 2012. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.5 million, was little different from 2012.  Among private-sector employees, the rate was 6.7 percent.

“The data also show that among full-time wage and salary workers, union members have higher median weekly earnings than nonunion workers. The median weekly earnings of union members were $950, compared to $750 for nonunion workers.

While they year to year changes are minuscule, in 1983, the first year for which comparable union data became available, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

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