The State of the Unions – A Profile of 2009-2010 Union Membership in New York City, New York State, and the USA

Source: Ruth Milkman and Laura Braslow, The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, Center for Urban Research, and NYC Labor Market Information Service, CUNY, September 2010

As the first decade of the new century draws to an end, nearly one-fourth (24.6 percent) of all wage and salary workers in New York City are union members. The proportion is about the same in New York State (24.9 percent), which has higher union density than any other state in the nation–more than double the national average of 12.2 percent. In absolute numbers, New York State’s two million union members exceed those of any state except California, which has a far larger population. More than 800,000 of the state’s two million union members live in the five boroughs of New York City. Union density has continued its long-term decline across the United States over the past decade, but the erosion has been relatively modest in New York City and New York State.

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