Jan 30, 2024 - News

Union membership fell slightly in Washington in 2023

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Note: Values are not seasonally adjusted; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Note: Values are not seasonally adjusted; Chart: Axios Visuals

The share of Washington workers who are union members dipped slightly in 2023, falling to 16.5% of the state's total workforce, per the latest federal data.

Yes, but: Washington still had one of the highest rates of union membership in the country, trailing only Hawaii and New York, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Those states had union membership rates of 24.1% and 20.6%, respectively.

The big picture: The share of American workers who are union members hit a new low in 2023 at just 10%, Axios' Nathan Bomey reported.

The bottom line: Renewed interest in labor unions — plus high-profile unionization campaigns at companies like Starbucks and Amazon — have yet to cause union membership rates to inch upward.

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