Alec Hamilton, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
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Though the number of jobs in New York City has rebounded to pre-recession levels, the number of union jobs in the city has declined, according to a new report by CUNY.
There has been a 20 percent drop in the number of residents in the city who hold union jobs since 2008 -- a rate that is twice that of the rest of the country, the report shows.
"Even in sectors, like for example, retail or hospitality where the number of jobs has actually gone up, unionization is still declining, so it's pretty much across the board except in the public sector," said Ruth Milkman, a professor of sociology at the CUNY graduate center and the lead author of the report.
Still, New York City remains the metropolitan area with the highest union density in the country, Milkman said. In New York City, 22.3 percent of workers are unionized. The nationwide average is just under 12 percent.