Age and unionization rates, 2002

February 28, 2003

Workers ages 45 to 54 were more likely to be unionized than their older or younger counterparts in 2002.

Union membership of wage and salary workers by age, 2002
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Among wage and salary workers in the 45-to-54 age group, 18.5 percent were union members in 2002. This compares with 5.1 percent of those ages 16 to 24 and 7.9 percent of those 65 years and over. For the remaining age groups shown in the chart, unionization rates ranged from 11.2 to 17.4 percent.

The rate of unionization among all workers was 13.2 percent last year.

These 2002 data on union membership are from the Current Population Survey. Unionization data are for wage and salary workers. Find out more in "Union Members in 2002," news release USDL 03-88.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Age and unionization rates, 2002 on the Internet at (visited September 24, 2016).


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