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

  • Healthcare
  • Professional Services
  • Construction

Average Wages for Top Employing Industries in Missouri 

  1. Health Care & Social Assistance ($44,026)
  2. Retail Trade ($27,143) 
  3. Manufacturing ($56,284)
  4. Accommodation & Food Services ($16,881)

Private Employers with the greatest number of workers in 4th Quarter 2018:

  1. Wal-Mart Stores
  2. Mercy Hospital Medical Centers
  3. BJC Healthcare
  4. Washington University
  5. SSM Healthcare System
  6. Boeing
  7. Cerner Corporation
  8. St. Luke's Hospital System
  9. Lester E. Cox Medical System
  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 Registered Nurses 25,304 $59,145   B Retail Salespersons 34,062 $25,636
A+ General & Operations Managers 16,699 $100,506   B+ Combined Food Prep & Service Workers 33,524 $19,160
A+ Accountants & Auditors 9,206 $71,485   B Cashiers 31,650 $20,376
A+ Managers, All Others 4,614 $106,627   B Waiters & Waitresses 26,749 $19,389
A+ Computer Systems Analysts 4,028 $89,754   A Registered Nurses 25,304 $59,145
A+ Software Developers, Applications 3,813 $92,663   B+ Customer Service Representatives 18,621 $33,250
A+ Physical Therapists 2,219 $79,119   A+ General & Operations Managers 16,699 $100,506
A+ Medical & Health Services Managers 2,032 $102,252   B Nursing Assistants 16,039 $23,869
A+ Computer & Information System Mgrs 1,740 $125,809   B Office Clerks, General 14,478 $30,210
A+ Nurse Practitioners 1,692 $90,410   A Personal Care Aides 14,436 $20,137

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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