Michigan had the 8th highest union representation among all states in 2017. Michigan’s rate was 2.9 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 percentage 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.