Private companies in the Milwaukee MSA have higher unionization rates than the rest of Wisconsin and lower than the nearby Chicago MSA. The state of Wisconsin itself is has a much lower unionized private sector (5.2%) in comparison to other industry heavy states such as Ohio (8.3%) and nearby Michigan (11.1%). The percentage of union members in Wisconsin’s private sector dropped significantly from 2014 to 2015 (8.2% to 5.2%) showing the trend of union membership continually decreasing over the decades. The Milwaukee MSA is seeing a historical decline in number of members as well, but it has a higher % of members as compared to the state and a lower % compared to the United States overall.
Observations: the Current Population Survey (CPS) sample size
Employment: wage and salary employment
Members: employed workers who are Union members
Covered: workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement
% Members: percent of employers who are union members