Union membership in Massachusetts is on the decline, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
In 2010, some 14.5 percent of workers belonged to unions, the agency reported. In 2009, the figure was 16.6 percent.
The 2010 rate of union membership is the lowest since 2007, according to the agency.
Nationwide, about 11.9 percent of workers belonged to union sin 2010, the agency reported.
Before a spike in 2008, the Massachusetts figure had been declining steadily since 1995. when the BLS first began compiling similar data. At that point, 16 percent of Massachusetts workers belonged to unions.
New York, Alaska and Hawaii had the highest rates of union membership in 2010.
The least unionized state is North Carolina, with a 2010 rate of 3.2 percent.
My first reaction was this is a good thing. Man does not need a "union" to survive and make a living.
My second thought was, boy, man does need a place to work to survive and make a living and many of the jobs have gone overseas and have not been replaced.