The percentage of private sector workers who are unionized continues to decrease. According to a recent report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unionization percentage in the private sector is down to 6.4% nationwide. That percentage is nearly six times smaller in South Carolina where the unionization percentage for private sector workers is only 1.6%, which is the lowest in the nation. North Carolina has the next to the lowest unionization percentage, 3.0%. By contrast, the state with the highest unionization percentage is New York at 23.6%.

The following are the top ten states with the lowest unionization percentages in 2016:

  1. South Carolina - 1.6%

  2. North Carolina - 3.0%

  3. Arkansas - 3.9%

  4. Georgia - 3.9%

  5. Texas - 4.0%

  6. Virginia 4.3%

  7. Louisiana 4.2%

  8. Arizona 4.5%

  9. Utah 4.7%

  10. South Dakota 5.2%