Michigan had the 8th highest share of workers that are represented by a union in 2015, due to growth in union-represented employees in Michigan not seen in “Top Ten” or peer states. Michigan’s unionization rate was three percentage points higher than the “Top Ten” average. Michigan’s union membership and representation rate remained higher than all peer states except California.

What It Is: Employees represented by a union (as a percent of those employed) (1 = best, 50 = worst).    

Why It Matters: An indicator of labor market bargaining power, labor flexibility, and pro-business sentiments in the state. For some employers, lower union membership makes a state a more attractive place to operate.

Union Representation Trends

Union Representation Standings

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (Current Population Survey)