Union membership 1930-2012. Source: The Heritage Foundation

U.S. BLS reports that membership in unions was pretty much unchanged from 2012.  In 2013, 11.3% of wage and salary workers, or about 14.5 million workers, were in a union.  Highlights from the BLS data release include:

  • Public sector workers were more than 5 x more likely to be unionized.
  • Within the public sector, education, police, and firefighters had the highest level of unionization at over 35%
  • New York state had the highest level of unionization at over 24%
  • Union workers on average earned about $200 more per week than non-union workers ($950 v. $750)