Web News Article #: 014-22016
02/02/2016 – Union members are bringing home a lot more bacon—on average $204 more per week than their non-union counterparts. According to new statistics from the Department of Labor, workers who belong to a union earned an average of $980 per week in 2015, compared to just $776 for non-union workers. The percent of unionized workers did not change between 2014 and 2015, remaining at 11.1 percent.
Other highlights of the report include:
- Union members are five times more likely to work in the public sector than the private sector. Within the public sector, almost half work for local government, 41.3 percent.
- Men continue to have a slightly higher union membership rate, 11.5 percent, than women, 10.6 percent.
- Black workers are more likely to be union members than white, Asian, or Hispanic workers.
- New York State continues to have the highest union membership rate, at 24.7 percent. South Carolina has the lowest, at 2.1 percent.