According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas gained almost 60,000 union jobs last year, and the rate of union membership grew from 4.5% in 2008 to 5.1% in 2009.
The number of private- and public-sector union jobs in Texas rose from 449,000 to 508,000.
Nationwide, union jobs have a taken a proportionately bigger hit than nonunion jobs.
Across the United States, union membership had fallen steadily since World War II, but seemed to bottom out in 2006, when 12% of workers belonged to unions. The unionization rate ticked up to 12.1% in 2007, 12.4% in 2008 and then dipped slightly to 12.3% in 2009.