Business blog 24/7 Wall St recently ranked Rhode Island the fifth strongest union state in the nation. The report used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and factored in political atmosphere, industry composition and labor laws not just strictly union membership numbers.
Nearly two-thirds of all Ocean State public sector workers belonged to a union. The study also noted that labor initiatives are a priority for Rhode Island lawmakers potentially limiting new employment opportunities. 24/7 Wall St concluded by noting the state’s then current 9.5% unemployment rate was second only to Nevada.
The only states with stronger union presences than Rhode Islands were Washington, Hawaii, Alaska and New York.
· Percentage of Rhode Island Workers in a Union: 16.9%
· Union Workers: 77, 367 (18th in nation)
· 10 Year Change in Union Membership: -7.9% (25th Highest)
· Total Employment 2013: 458, 494 (8th Lowest)
To read the full report visit 24/7 Wall Street Blog.