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The Carolinas: Least Unionized States in the Nation

March 15, 2017

The percentage of private sector workers who are unionized continues to decrease.  According to a recent report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unionization percentage in the private sector is down to 6.4% nationwide.  That percentage is nearly six times smaller in South Carolina where the unionization percentage for private sector workers is only 1.6%, which is the lowest in the nation.  North Carolina has the next to the lowest unionization percentage, 3.0%.  By contrast, the state with the highest unionization percentage is New York at 23.6%. 

The following are the top ten states with the lowest unionization percentages in 2016:

  1. South Carolina - 1.6%

  2. North Carolina - 3.0%

  3. Arkansas - 3.9%

  4. Georgia - 3.9%

  5. Texas - 4.0%

  6. Virginia 4.3%

  7. Louisiana 4.2%

  8. Arizona 4.5%

  9. Utah 4.7%

  10. South Dakota 5.2%


William H. Floyd III represents employers of all sizes and across the spectrum of industries with important labor and employment problems. His goal is to reduce legal risks by conducting interactive training for management teams, creating effective personnel policies, and counseling clients through human resource issues.