Hawaii's labor union membership edges down in 2009
Job losses last year took a toll on Hawaiçis heavily unionized workforce, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that said the number of union members in the state decreased by 13,000.
Despite the drop, Hawaiçi still had the second-highest concentration of unionized workers at 23.5 percent of wage and salary workers behind New York at 25.2 percent. Alaska was third at 22.3 percent. The national rate was 12.3 percent.
Hawaiçi was one of 21 states in which union membership rates declined. The rate rose in 24 states and was unchanged in five states.