Union Membership Rate Slightly Down in 2016

The percentage of workers who were members of unions in the United States was 10.7 percent in 2016, down 0.4 percent from 2015.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 14.6 million union workers across the country in 2016.  Hawaii’s union membership rate exceeded that of the national average.  It was reported as 19.9 percent in 2016, while its union representation rate was 20.9 percent during the same period.
 
Across the country, public sector workers had a union membership rate of more than five times that of private sector workers.  Workers in education, training, library, and protective service occupations had the highest unionization rates in a comparison of occupational groups.  Union membership rates were higher for men (11.2%) than women (10.2%).  Among full-time workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $1,004 in comparison with median weekly earnings of $802 for nonunion workers.