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March 19, 2014 | By: Patty Holley
The number of Missouri workers in unions is declining.
According to a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, 8.6 percent of Missouri wage and salary workers were union members. That's down three tenths of a percent from the previous year. Missouri's union membership rate has been below the national average since 2004.
At its peak in 1989, the first year for which comparable state date was made available, the union membership rate for Missouri was 15.5 percent. Nationwide, union members accounted for 11.3 percent of employed wage and salary workers in 2013, the same as in 2012. In 1983, the first year national union data was available, union membership was at 20.1 percent.