Government employees constituted about half of all unionized workers in the United States in 2020, up from nearly a third in 1983.

Sources: “Number of union members about evenly split between the private and public sector in 2015,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, and “Union Members — 2020,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 22, 2021,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Percentage in Private Sector Percentage in Public Sector
1983 67.5% 32.5%
2020 49.7% 50.3%

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