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N.M. Union Rolls Up Slightly

Part of the growth was the result of a jump in the number of people who had jobs. In 2015, the workforce totaled 782,000, up from 763,000 in 2014

The number of New Mexicans who belong to labor unions grew slightly in 2015, pushing union membership to 6.2 percent of the workforce, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.

According to the BLS, 49,000 state residents were members of unions during the year, up from 43,000 in 2014. The union membership rate grew to 6.2 percent in 2015 from 5.7 percent in 2014.

Part of the growth was the result of a jump in the number of people who had jobs. In 2015, the workforce totaled 782,000, up from 763,000 in 2014.

Union membership in New Mexico has pretty much been on the decline since 2005 when it peaked at 63,000, or 8.1 percent of the workforce.

Nationally, the number of people who belonged to labor unions grew slightly to 14.8 million, up from 14.2 million the year before. However, the percentage of people in unions—11.1 percent—remained the same.

 

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