The decline was a subtle drop from the year before, when union membership sat at 10.1%. The total number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions in 2023 was 14.4 million, according to data released on Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That marks a significant decline from 1983, when data for the statistic first became available. Then, more than 40 years ago, the union membership rate sat at over 20% of workers in the U.S.
The latest numbers show that the membership rate of public-sector employees was five times higher (32.5%) than the 6% membership rate among private-sector workers.
The new record may be a bit surprising, given the splashy year that unions have had.
The United Auto Workers