While the recession officially ended more than two years ago, the jobs crisis that began with the recession and has yet to be resolved, continues to take a toll on unionization rates. Despite a stemming of the tide of job losses in the private sector, decreases in the unionization rate nationally and in California continue, while the unionization rate for the Los Angeles region remained essentially flat over the past year. Although it decreased to 16.9 percent in 2010-11, the unionization rate in California remains around its average for the past decade. However, at 11.8 percent, the unionization rate in the U.S. is at an historic low. UCLA’s Insitute for Research on Labor and Employment publication, The State of the Unions in 2011: A Profile of Union Membership in Los Angeles, California and the Nation provides an analysis of the recent trends in unionization in the United States, California, and Los Angeles. Appelbaum is the ILRE research director.
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