January 30, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Union membership, 2011

Union affiliation of employed wage and salary workers, select industries, 2011 annual average
Industry Total employed Members of unions Union membership rate

Local government

10,621,000 4,586,000 43.2

State government

6,261,000 1,973,000 31.5

Federal government

3,568,000 1,004,000 28.1

Transportation and utilities

5,239,000 1,108,000 21.1

Construction

6,244,000 874,000 14.0

Manufacturing

13,599,000 1,424,000 10.5

Information

2,756,000 279,000 10.1

Education and health services

19,855,000 1,715,000 8.6

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

780,000 56,000 7.2

Wholesale and retail trade

18,002,000 859,000 4.8

Other services

5,467,000 184,000 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

11,355,000 305,000 2.7

Professional and business services

12,171,000 250,000 2.1

Financial activities

8,086,000 132,000 1.6

Agriculture and related industries

1,183,000 16,000 1.4

These data are featured in the TED article, Union membership, 2011.

 

Union membership rates by state, 2011 annual averages
State Union membership rate (percent of employed)

Alabama

10.0

Alaska

22.1

Arizona

6.0

Arkansas

4.2

California

17.1

Colorado

8.2

Connecticut

16.8

Delaware

10.5

District of Columbia

8.3

Florida

6.3

Georgia

3.9

Hawaii

21.5

Idaho

5.1

Illinois

16.2

Indiana

11.3

Iowa

11.2

Kansas

7.6

Kentucky

8.9

Louisiana

4.5

Maine

11.3

Maryland

12.4

Massachusetts

14.6

Michigan

17.5

Minnesota

15.1

Mississippi

5.0

Missouri

10.9

Montana

13.0

Nebraska

7.9

Nevada

14.6

New Hampshire

11.1

New Jersey

16.1

New Mexico

6.8

New York

24.1

North Carolina

2.9

North Dakota

6.3

Ohio

13.4

Oklahoma

6.4

Oregon

17.1

Pennsylvania

14.6

Rhode Island

17.4

South Carolina

3.4

South Dakota

5.1

Tennessee

4.6

Texas

5.2

Utah

5.8

Vermont

12.0

Virginia

4.6

Washington

19.0

West Virginia

13.8

Wisconsin

13.3

Wyoming

7.2

These data are featured in the TED article, Union membership, 2011.

 

 

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