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BLS Report Summary: Union Membership Declined in 2021

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The 2021 Union Members Summary was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The annual reports states that union membership declined in 2021 by 241,000 members, to a rate of 10.3%.  In 2020, BLS reported the union membership rate at 10.5%.

Here are some additional findings from the 2021 Union Members Summary:

  • Public-sector workers union membership rate: 33.9%, down 0.9% from 2020
  • Private-sector workers union membership rate: 6.1%, down 0.2% from 2020
  • 14 million workers are union members, down 0.2% from 2020
  • 15.8 million workers are represented by a union, down 0.5% from 2020
  • Union members median weekly earnings: $1,169
  • Non-union members median weekly earnings: $975
  • States with highest unionization rates: Hawaii (22.4%) and New York (22.2%)
  • States with lowest unionization rates: South Carolina (1.7%) and North Carolina (2.6%)
  • Roughly 30% of union members live in California or New York.

*All data in this post was taken from Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 Union Members Summary

 

Additional Resources

REPORT: PRO Act Would Reduce Workers’ Incomes and Job Opportunities
July 2021
Institute for the American Worker

REPORT: The PRO Act and Union Finances
April 2021
Nathan Mehrens, Senior Fellow
Institute for the American Worker