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Union membership below 12%, lowest in 70 years

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While unions have shown a resurgence in certain sectors, the overall percentage of U.S. workers who are members of a union dipped to 11.9% last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from 12.3% in 2009 and the lowest level since 1935, the year the National Labor Relations Act was signed into law.

The union membership rate runs much higher for public sector workers (36.2%) than in the private sector (6.9%). Union rates run highest in the education, training and library occupations.

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