In Illinois, BLS figures show union membership grew after years of decline. 16.3% of workers statewide are represented by a union in Illinois, up fro 15.5% in 2012. In Wisconsin, the number has risen from 12.0% to 13.1%.
Government employees are still far more likely to be unionized than private company employees. Public-sector workers had a union membership rate (35.3%) more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.7%),
The growth of unions in the private section and decline in the private sector is likely a sign of the evolving economy, where private sector job growth has been fairly strong but as been partially offset by public sector job losses.
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