Union Numbers Hold Steady

After losing 1.4 million members between 2008 and 2010, the labor movement managed a small increase in membership in 2011. Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning show union membership rose by about 49,000 last year. In the private sector, membership jumped 110,000, which was partially offset by a decline of 61,000 union members in the public sector.

Janelle Jones and I analyze the numbers in a CEPR “Union Byte” released this morning. Our work is also cited in good stories in the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal.

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