According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of employees belonging to labor unions in the United States decreased slightly in the past year. Across the United States, total union membership stood at 14.6 million, which was a decrease of about 0.2 percent from last year.  In total, about 11 percent of the workforce belongs to a labor union.

The Department of Labor began collecting unionization data in 1983, when approximately 17.7 million workers (20 percent of the workforce) were in labor unions.

Interestingly, the Department of Labor’s report shows that the union rate among public sector employees is over five times higher than the union rate for employees in the private sector.

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