New York Remains Most Unionized State

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Members of the United Auto Workers in the September climate march in Manhattan.

Thomas Good

Members of the United Auto Workers in the September climate march in Manhattan.

The share of workers represented by unions fell slightly across the country in 2014 but remained steady in New York, which leads the nation in the percentage of employees claimed by organized labor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday that the rate of union membership fell from 11.3 percent in 2013 to 11.1 percent in 2014. In New York, the share of employed people represented by unions remained at 25.8 percent. Only Alaska (24.4 percent) and Hawaii (22.9 percent) joined the Empire State is having unionization rates higher than 20 percent.

The Carolinas brought up the rear in unionization rank, with both North and South registering a 3.2 percent unionization rate.

Blacks had higher unionization rates than members of other racial groups, and unions represented proportionately more men than women. Among industries, local government had the highest rate (45.5 percent) while finance and agriculture tied for the lowest at 1.6 percent.

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