The share of American workers belonging to labor unions held steady in 2013, remaining unchanged at 11.3%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Overall, 14.5 million workers belong to unions, that's down from 17.7 million in 1983, the year for which comparable data were first available, the agency said.
American labor has seen a steep decline in its membership for years, and the report released Friday suggests that -- at least for now -- the diminishing membership has halted.
[Updated 8:40 a.m. PST, Jan. 24: Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country's largest labor federation, said the report showed gains in some parts of the country, including the South. But labor groups are still working to fight laws weakening collective bargaining by public-sector workers, he said.