This country’s 16.3 million labor union members accounted for only 13.5% of all workers in 2000, continuing the downward trend from the 20.1% membership rate reported in 1983 (the first year in which comparable data were available). Today, union membership is highest in protective services (39.4%) and government (37.5%). Geographically, higher membership rates are concentrated in the Midwest, Northeast, and Pacific regions, where rates are far above the national average of 13.5%.
Suggested citation: "Union Membership," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 01-07, pp. 13, 07.01.2001.