The number of workers enrolled in a labor union in New York state increased slightly over the last year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Union membership in New York grew from 22% of wage and salary earners in New York in 2020 to 22.2% the following year, the department reported.
The numbers reflect how New York remains a highly unionized state even as participation in organized labor nationwdie has declined over the last generation.
Overall, New York has the second-highest union membership rate in the country. Hawaii continues to have the most at 22.4% of its workforce. Statewide, there are 1.7 million workers enrolled in a union in New York.
The state's union membership remains more than double the rest of the country where 10.3% of wage and salary workers are members of a labor organization.