Union membership declined in Washington in 2014

New data from the Current Population Survey shows that union membership in Washington declined in 2014, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of total employment. In 2014, Washington’s total union membership was 490,112 (compared to 544,986 in 2013) and the percent of employment that was unionized was 16.8 (compared to 18.9 percent in 2013).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on the national numbers (which also declined since 2013) and Professors Barry Hirsch (Georgia State University) and David Macpherson (Trinity University) estimated the rates of public- and private-sector unionization by state.

The public-sector unionization rate in Washington was 48.5 percent (14th highest in the nation) and Washington’s private-sector unionization rate was 10.9 percent (4th highest).