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Women’s group digs into Missouri data to advocate for pay and child care

The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and researchers from the University of Missouri have collaborated to produce an interactive database with information about the status of women in Missouri. It’s the first step in an education and advocacy project to influence Missouri legislators and other elected officials and help drive public policy.

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Year-end numbers show jobs rose and joblessness fell in Missouri and Kansas

Missouri recorded a year-end unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in December 2014, down from 6 percent a year earlier. Meanwhile, unemployment in Kansas was 4.2 percent, down from 4.9 percent in December 2013. The two states were among 46 states and the District of Columbia that had lower joblessness rates at the end of 2014 than at the end of 2013.

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Share of U.S. workers in unions slips again

Union membership slipped slightly in 2014 as a percentage of all workers, but collective bargaining remains a force in the public sector. Out of 14.6 million union members, 7.2 million — about 36 percent of public sector workers — were in unions, compared to 7.4 million — or just 6.6 percent — of private-sector workers.

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