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State of Missouri Demographics
Missouri, the gateway to the West as symbolized by the St. Louis arch, has transitioned from its agricultural roots, to become a diverse agricultural/industrial/service economy. A proactive tax credit structure and focus on strengthening STEM education in primary and secondary students is laying the foundation for attracting emerging industries in the future. Of the 20 occupations with the highest projected growth rate over the next several years, 10 are health-care related.
The latest employment scorecard for the State of Missouri for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Missouri’s unemployment rate dropped 0.8 percent to 4.0 percent, but the labor force figures are concerning. The labor force shrunk by 2.01 percent, and the labor force participation rate declined 1.7 percent, albeit to a still-healthy 63.6 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Missouri, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.
View more Missouri demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Missouri below. More employment information for the State of Missouri and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.
Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services, respectively.
The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include the State of Missouri, Wal-Mart Associates, Inc., University of Missouri, Washington University, U.S. Post Office, The Boeing Company, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Department of Defense, Schnuck Markets, Inc. and Department of Veterans Affairs. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)
If you work in Missouri, you can expect to earn 8% less than the national average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage in Missouri as of May 2014 (all occupations) was $15.76, compared to $17.09 for the nation. The mean annual wage was $42,790 for Missouri, compared to $47,230 for the U.S. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)
6.86% increase since 2000 census.
Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Missouri
Directory of Counties in Missouri
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