DPE Releases New Publication on White Collar Employees Report Points to Dramatic Changes in American Work Force

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Wilson

Washington, D.C. — The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) today released Current Statistics on White Collar Employees, 2001 Edition. The new publication paints a statistical portrait of the work force, including its changing composition; employment gains, losses and projections; the rise and nature of contingent work arrangements; union membership and its financial benefits; trends in wages and salaries, and university and college education.

“Our report points to dramatic changes in America’s work force,” said Paul Almeida, President of the Department for Professional Employees. “ It is now mostly white collar and almost equally comprised of men and women. The percentage of white collar workers will increase in the coming years and the greatest growth will be in the professional and technical occupations. Women are the majority here.”

Highlights of the analysis include the following facts:

  • White collar workers accounted for almost 60% of the work force in 2000 while blue collar workers comprised less than 25%. The percentage of white collar workers is expected to increase while the blue collar percentage continues to decline.
  • The service sector accounted for more than three-quarters of all U.S. employment at the start of the twenty-first century.
  • Professional employment is expected to increase by 27% between 1998 and 2008, continuing its position as the fastest growing occupational category.
  • The professional specialty occupations now have more union members than any other occupational category.
  • White collar workers comprised almost 50% of all union members in 2000.
  • Women accounted for 41% of all union members in 2000.

The publication is a valuable resource for academic institutions and local libraries, union officers and staff, and anyone interested in the economy. The cost per issue is $9.00, postage paid; quantity prices are available upon request. Call 202-638-0320 to place an order, or visit our web site: www.dpeaflcio.org for more information and a list of our other publications.

The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO represents 21 national and international unions comprising over four million white collar workers. DPE was chartered in 1977 in recognition of the dramatic rise in professional and technical employees among union members.