The U.S has seen steady declines in labor membership over the last three decades. In Missouri, that drop has been even more pronounced.
In 2017, Missouri had 226,000 union members, accounting for 8.7 percent of wage and salary workers in the state, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationwide, union members accounted for 10.7 percent of all employees last year.
Back in 1983, Missouri had 374,444 union members, which was 20.8 percent of employees in the state. That was slightly higher than the national rate at the time, 20.1 percent.
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