New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say union members accounted for nine point five percent of Colorado workers last year.  That’s almost two points higher than in 2013. 

But nationwide, union membership is higher – accounting for just over eleven percent of workers last year.  Colorado has been below the U.S. average every year since state numbers were first available in 1989. 

Last year, Colorado had about 220,000 union members, up from 170,000 in 2013.