April 2, 2013

Labor Union Representation Levels by State

The BLS has data on Union affiliation of employed wage and salary workers by state

I pulled out the 2012 data on the % of employees who are represented by labor unions for each state.   Note I'm discussing the % of workers who are represented by unions and the % of people who are actually members of unions differs some.

Here's a graphic representation showing the varying levels of Labor Union representation by state:

I sorted the states into groups with :   under 5%, 5% to 10%, 10% to 15%, 15% to 20% and over 20%.   The light green states are low union states and the dark green/black states are >20%.

The five states with the highest labor union representation were :

New York 24.9%
Alaska 23.9%
Hawaii 23.2%
Washington 19.5%
California 18.4%

And the five states with the lowest union rates were :

Arkansas 3.7%
North Carolina 4.3%
South Carolina 4.6%
Georgia 5.4%
Virginia 5.5%

I'm not particularly surprised by any of these with maybe the exception of Alaska being so high.  I would guess that the higher union rate in Alaska is at least partially due to relatively high number of government jobs there.   For more specifics on Union membership and representation see the BLS news report.


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