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Rate of union membership jumped in Texas in 2009

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

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.

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