Missouri union membership in 2014 hit lowest level in decades

Union membership in Missouri last year hit its lowest rate in more than a quarter century, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state had 214,000 union workers in 2014, representing 8.4 percent of all wage and salary workers. That’s down 0.2 percent from 2013 and marks a substantial drop from 1989, when comparable data was first available and 15.5 percent of the state’s workers belonged to unions.

The state’s union numbers have been lower than the national rate since 2004, but the decline of union membership in Missouri mirrors a nationwide trend. In 2014, some 14.6 million wage and salary workers nationwide, or 11.1 percent of U.S. employees, were union members. That was down from the year before.

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