North Carolina again ranks last among states based on the unionization of its workers.
Only 3.2 percent of workers in this state were part of a union in 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. New York had the highest rate, at 24.2 percent.
Nationally, the percentage declined to 11.9 percent last year, from 12.3 percent in 2009, as job losses continued to hit union-heavy industries such as construction and manufacturing. That was the lowest rate since the 1930s.
The number of workers in unions fell by 612,000 last year to 14.7 million. Cuts by state and local governments also hurt public-sector unions.
“It was a very tough year for unionized workers,” John Schmitt, a senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, told the New York Times. “We’re seeing declines in the private sector, and we’re seeing declines in the public sector.”
Read an Associated Press story on the Labor report here.