Union Membership Falling; What Does That Mean to Democrats?

If it’s not inflation, it’s presidential approval numbers. And now, the Democrats can add waning union numbers to their list of woes.

According to data from the U.S, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of union members in Pennsylvania fell by nearly 3.3 percent in 2021.

The Keystone slide from 717,000 to 693,000 members follows a national trend, as overall union membership fell to just 10.3 percent or about 14 million people. The high? Around 20.1 percent or 17.7 million in 1983 – the first year data is available.

Why does this matter? Unions play a big role in fundraising and organizing for Democratic candidates. As indicated below, 17 of the 20 states with the highest percentage of union members cast their electoral votes to Joe Biden in 2020. Only Alaska cast its lot with Donald Trump.

Of the 10 lowest by percentage, eight voted for Trump while two – Georgia and Virginia – went with Biden.

Highest Union Membership

  • Hawaii (22.4%) – D
  • New York (22.2) – D
  • Washington (19.0) – D
  • Oregon (17.8) – D
  • New Jersey (16.2) – D
  • Minnesota (16.0) – D
  • California (15.9) – D
  • Alaska (15.8) – R
  • Rhode Island (15.7) – D
  • Connecticut (14.6) – D
  • Illinois (13.9) – D
  • Michigan (13.3) – D
  • Pennsylvania (12.9) – D
  • Massachusetts (12.6) – D
  • Maine (12.4) – D
  • Vermont (12.3) – D
  • Nevada (12.2) – D
  • Ohio (12.0) – R
  • Montana (11.2) – R
  • Maryland (11.0) – D

Lowest Union Membership

  • South Carolina (1.7%) – R
  • North Carolina (2.6) – R
  • Utah (3.5) – R
  • Texas (3.8) – R
  • Arkansas (3.9) – R
  • South Dakota (4.0)
  • Idaho (4.7) – R
  • Louisiana (4.7) – R
  • Georgia (4.8) – D
  • Virginia (4.8) – D

5 Responses

  1. You are wrong. David Diano is the smartest person in the world. Just listen to him at state committee. He will tell everyone all about it.

    There is no way a man who spends as much time as him dispensing his thoughts on website comments isn’t brilliant.

  2. When you have a Governor who promotes policies that negatively affect coal mining, power production, gas drilling and manufacturing is it a surprise that those jobs and union members decline?

  3. What is this graph supposed to show? The most recent data is over 15%. The article states PA at 12.9%.

    The map of USA is labeled with a 10.3 % national rate.

    So what does the graph correspond to?

    The graph does show an increase over the past 12 years.

    1. The graph is labeled “Union Household.” There is a difference between union membership as a percentage of population or workforce and the percentage of households that have a union member.

      David Diano has just given us a prime example of why we need to focus our education system on things like “critical reading” instead of “critical race theory.”

      1. You are wrong. David Diano is the smartest person in the world. Just listen to him at state committee. He will tell everyone all about it.

        There is no way a man who spends as much time as him dispensing his thoughts on website comments isn’t brilliant.

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