The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a report on union membership in 2011, and how the membership rate compares across regions and industries. The Editor's Desk summarized some of the findings and provided visuals. Some findings of note:
-"The union membership rate for public-sector workers (37.0 percent) was
substantially higher than the rate for private-sector workers (6.9
-"Within the public sector, local government workers had the highest union membership rate, 43.2 percent."
-"In 2011, 29 states and the District of Columbia had union membership
rates below that of the U.S. average, 11.8 percent, while 21 states had
higher rates. All states in the Middle Atlantic and Pacific divisions
reported union membership rates above the national average, while all
states in the East South Central and West South Central divisions had
rates below it."