In 1983, 20.1 percent of U.S. workers were union members. By 2020, that share had dropped to 10.8 percent.

Sources: “Union membership rate 10.5 percent in 2018, down from 20.1 percent in 1983,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 25, 2019, https://tinyurl.com/yy8m2ccx; “Union Members — 2020,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 22, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/jeprcmx

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Percentage of Employed U.S. Workers
1983 20.1%
1984 18.8%
1985 18.0%
1986 17.5%
1987 17.0%
1988 16.8%
1989 16.4%
1990 16.0%
1991 16.0%
1992 15.7%
1993 15.7%
1994 15.5%
1995 14.9%
1996 14.5%
1997 14.1%
1998 13.9%
1999 13.9%
2000 13.4%
2001 13.3%
2002 13.3%
2003 12.9%
2004 12.5%
2005 12.5%
2006 12.0%
2007 12.1%
2008 12.4%
2009 12.3%
2010 11.9%
2011 11.8%
2012 11.3%
2013 11.3%
2014 11.1%
2015 11.1%
2016 10.7%
2017 10.7%
2018 10.5%
2019 10.3%
2020 10.8%

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