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March 1, 2021IM -
New research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that union membership increased in the US in 2020. According to BLS data, union membership rose to 10.8% in 2020, up .5% from 2019.
While the total number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions (14.3 million) was down by 321,000, or 2.2%, from 2019, the decline in total wage and salary worker employment in the US was mostly among non-union workers. “The disproportionately large decline in total wage and salary employment compared with the decline in the number of union members led to an increase in the union membership rate,” according to the report.
Some highlights from the report include:
To read the complete report, visit www.bls.gov.