The percentage of workers in Michigan represented by a union has fallen over four percentage points since 2009 and ranked 9th highest in 2016 at 15.5 percent. Michigan’s rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the “Top Ten” average and higher than all peer states except California.
What It Is: Employees represented by a union (as a percent of those employed).
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.