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Unions Suffer Sharp Drops

January 24, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

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In West Virginia the union employee membership rate in the work force dropped from 13.8 percent in 2011 to 12.1 percent in 2012. In Ohio, that figure declined from

13.4 percent to 12.6 percent.

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