Number of workers in unions decline across state, nation for 2016
Union workers accounted for four percent of wage and salary workers in Texas in 2016, according to information released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number is down from 4.5 percent in 2015.
Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that the state’s 2016 union membership rate was the lowest on record since the series began in 1989; the rate peaked in 1993 when it averaged 7.5 percent.
Nationwide, union members accounted for 10.7 percent of employed wage and salary workers in 2016, down from 11.1 percent in 2015. Since 1989, when comparable state data became available, union membership rates in Texas have been below the U.S. average.
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