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What are some statistics about the growth of labor unions?

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Despite the rate of job creation, union membership has been on a steady decline since 2005. As of 2015, New York has the highest rate of union membership, at 24.6 percent, and North Caroline the lowest, at 1.9 percent.

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In 2014, public workers had five times higher union membership than workers in the private sector, at 35.7 percent versus 6.6 percent. Educational, training and library workers had the highest membership rate, at 35.3 percent. Men were more likely to be union members than women, with rates of 11.7 and 10.5 percent, respectively. Likewise, African-American workers had the highest membership rates, at 13.2 percent.

Earning $763 per week, nonunion workers earned 79 percent of what the union members earned, at $970. Full-time workers had a membership rate of 13.2 percent, compared to the 5.8 percent of part-time workers.

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