Fewer US workers have gone on strike since the 1970s

The number of U.S. workers who take part in strikes in a year varies greatly while generally following broader trends. The totals for strikers starting in the early 1980s were sharply lower than any time since the Great Depression. But the number of strikers in 2023 was the highest in 40 years.

Line chart showing a decline in numbers after the 1940s and again in the 1970s.