Missouri Labor Market

Missouri Economic Information

In today's fast-paced global business environment, good information for sound decision-making is more than a strategic advantage -- it's a necessity. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) offers value-added research with a customer focus. MERIC staff provide critical information, innovative analyses and assistance to policymakers and the public, including studies of the state’s targeted industries and economic development initiatives. Research includes Economic Condition Reports, Economic Impact Assessments, and Labor Market Information produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). 

Three industries with the highest levels of employment growth from May 2014 to May 2015

  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Activities
  • Leisure and Hospitality

Average Wages for Top Employing Industries in Missouri 2014

  1. Health Care & Social Assistance ($41,918)
  2. Retail Trade ($25,781) 
  3. Manufacturing ($55,073)
  4. Accommodation & Food Services ($15,627)

Private Employers with the greatest number of workers in 2016 

  1. Wal-Mart Stores
  2. Mercy Hospital Medical Centers
  3. Washington University
  4. Boeing Corporation
  5. SSM Health Care
  6. BJC Health Care
  7. Cerner Corporation
  8. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers
  9. Hy-Vee, Inc.
  10. Schnuck Markets, Inc.

See the rest of the top 50 private employers here

Top Job Outlook-Statewide   Top Job Openings-Statewide
Grade Occupation Title Total Openings Average Wages   Grade Occupation Title Total Openings Average Wages
A+ General  & Operations Managers 15,031 $91,952   B+ Combined Food Prep. & Service Workers 37,256 $17,979
A+ Accountants and Auditors 10,935 $65,144   B Retail Salespersons 33,312 $24,851
A+ Carpenters 7,097 $49,187   C+ Cashiers 31,096 $19,572
A+ Managers, All Others 5,027 $98,711   C+ Waiters and Waitresses 26,542 $19,273
A+ Electricians 4,273 $54,978   A Registered Nurses 21,004 $58,037
A+ Computer Systems Analysts 3,877 $80,088   B+ Customer Service Representatives 19,622 $31,661
A+ Lawyers 3,812 $116,183   B+ Laborers, Freight, Stock, Material Movers 16,902 $26,311
A+ Software Developers, Applications 3,224 $85,772   B Office Clerks, General 15,950 $30,036
A+ Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 2,806 $60,324   A+ General & Operations Managers 15,031 $91,952
A+ Cost Estimators 2,785 $63,260   B+ Nursing Assistants 13,195 $22,799

Visit MERIC's website for additional economic data about Missouri industries, workforce, regions and economic conditions, with observations on the state's business climate. 

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