January 29, 2002
In 2001, workers ages 45 to 54 were more likely to be unionized than their older or younger counterparts.
Among wage and salary workers in the 45-to-54 age group, 18.9 percent were union members in 2001. This compares with 5.2 percent of those ages 16 to 24 and 8.1 percent of those 65 years and over. For the remaining age groups shown in the chart, unionization rates ranged from 11.5 to 17.2 percent.
The rate of unionization among all workers was 13.5 percent last year.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unionization rates by age, 2001 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/jan/wk4/art02.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
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