The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Manufacturing, 1979-2007

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February 2008, John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer

This report details the sharp decline in African-American employment in manufacturing and in African-American unionization rates. The study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, shows that the share of American workers in unions continues to fall, but unionization rates for African-Americans have declined more sharply than for the rest of the workforce.

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