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October 2008

Union members in 2007: a visual essay

James A. Walker

Union membership data are eagerly anticipated each year by labor unions, economic researchers, business managers, and reporters. These annual average data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) have been available since 1983. The CPS is a survey of about 60,000 households that provides data on employment and unemployment among the Nation’s civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and older. Additional data on union membership are available on the Internet at

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