Efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have impacted people and industries throughout Missouri and across the country. Employers and workers can find important information and resources to navigate this unprecedented time at https://jobs.mo.gov/covid-19-resources. Missouri Job Centers are closed to the public, but staff are assisting customers over the phone and online. This week, Job Center staff answered 3,000 calls per day, and diverted 2,000 calls per day from the UI call center. Staff are hosting virtual employment transition and hiring events and helping job seekers complete applications.
Closing the Digital Skills Gap
In Missouri, Computer and IT occupations are projected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than most other occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these occupations require four-year degrees, however many are also occupations which fall in the category of middle-skill occupations. Apprenticeships can often help the job seeker find employment and training in these middle-skill occupations that require education beyond high school but do not necessarily require a four-year college degree. Click on the above link to read more about methods in obtaining training in these middle-skill occupations.