Recent union drives at major employers like Starbucks and Amazon have grabbed headlines, and Congress is currently considering the PRO Act, a major piece of legislation to strengthen unions. Petitions for union elections nationwide rose by 57% from 2021 to 2022, and the majority of Americans believe that declines in union membership have been bad for the country. Forty years ago, one in five U.S. workers was a union member, but today, that figure is approximately one in ten. As organized labor potentially regrows its role in the U.S. economy, some parts of the country will offer more favorable terrain than others. Researchers ranked states by the percentage of workers who are union members.

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