A federal study says Missouri’s union rate has dropped to its lowest point in 25 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 15.5% of Missouri workers were represented by unions in 1989. Last year, the figure was 10.4%, with actual union membership at 8.6%.
Bureau Economist Linda Nickisch says Missouri’s rate has declined more than the national average. Bureau figures show the national union membership rate was 12.5% of the workforce in 2004. Missouri’s rate then was 12. 4%. The National average now is 11.3%. Missouri’s rate has dropped to 8.6%.
The figures are calculated for 2013 union membership.
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