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For Release: Wednesday, February 05, 2020
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Union Members in Nevada — 2019
In 2019, union members accounted for 14.6 percent of wage and salary workers in Nevada, compared with
13.9 percent in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional
Operations Richard Holden noted that the union membership rate for the state was at its peak in 1996, when it
averaged 20.4 percent, and at its low point in 2016 at 12.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) Nationwide,
union members accounted for 10.3 percent of employed wage and salary workers in 2019, down by 0.2
percentage point from 2018. Since 1989, when comparable state data became available, union membership
rates in Nevada have been at or above the U.S. average.
Nevada had 201,000 union members in 2019. In addition to these members, another 21,000 wage and salary
workers in Nevada were represented by a union on their main job or covered by an employee association or
contract while not union members themselves. (See table A.) Nationwide, 14.6 million wage and salary
workers were union members in 2019 and 1.8 million wage and salary workers were not affiliated with a
union but had jobs covered by a union contract.
(1) Data refer to members of a labor union or an employee association similar to a union.
(2) Data refer to both union members and workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union or an employee association
Note: Data refer to the sole or principal job of full- and part-time wage and salary workers. All self-employed workers are excluded, both those with
incorporated businesses as well as those with unincorporated businesses. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of
In 2019, 28 states and the District of Columbia had union membership rat