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    :: Thursday, February 01, 2007 ::

    Union Rates Fall in 2006, Drop in Manufacturing - Center for Economic and Policy Research
    Overall, the number of U.S. workers in a union fell last year by 326,000 workers, to 15.4 million workers in 2006. The largest decrease in union membership rates occurred in manufacturing, where union membership dropped 1.3 percentage points to just 11.7 percent of manufacturing workers. For the first time since the BLS began tracking these trends, and likely for the first time in U.S. history, union membership rates were lower in manufacturing (11.7 percent) than in the rest of the economy (12.0 percent).
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