Cost of Living
Last Updated: 06/07/2023
MERIC derives the cost of living index for each state by averaging the indices of participating cities and metropolitan areas in that state. Missouri had the fourth lowest cost of living in the United States for the first quarter of 2023.
County Average Wages
These figures are derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. A cooperative program between the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
Last Updated: 02/23/2022
Gross Domestic Product
Last Updated: 04/15/2022
The broadest measure of economic activity is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Gross Domestic Product by State (GSP) measures the value-added from industries in a state.
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Last Updated: 06/10/2022
LMI Quick Reference Guide
Last Updated: 4/25/2022
Labor Market Information Quick Reference Guide outlining data tools, descriptions, uses and links to products from employment data, wages, labor force data, demographics to career planning products.
Purchasing Manager's Index
Last Updated: 05/04/2023
Missouri’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for March was 49.5 increasing 1.5 points from March indicating an sluggish economy, according to the monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Survey, conducted by Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
Last Updated: 05/26/2023
Current Employment Situation Releases
Current Employment Statistics (CES)
Last Updated: 2/17/2022
This survey of payroll records covers over 300,000 businesses on a monthly basis and provides detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls for the States and Nation.
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Industry Employment Projections
Last Updated: 4/1/2021
Browse industry employment projections by region or specific industry in this interactive application. Employment projections give an overview of where the Missouri economy may be headed based on past and present trends. The purpose is to offer some insight into questions regarding the future growth or decline of industries and occupations.
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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
Last Updated: 3/09/2022
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program is a cooperative program involving the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor and the State Workforce Agencies (SWA's). The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by State unemployment insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program. Publicly available files include data on the number of establishments, monthly employment, and quarterly wages, by NAICS industry and by ownership (Private, Federal, State or Local Government). Data for various geographic levels including counties are available.
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (OEWS)
Last Updated: 7/15/2020
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort that produces employment and wage estimates for about 800 different occupations. In Missouri, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Economic Development/Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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Last Updated: 6/8/2020
Occupational projections are calculated by applying staffing patterns supplied by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program to industry projections. Occupational projections differ from industry projections, however, in that occupational projections include self-employed workers.
Last Updated: 8/20/2021
Career Pathways are a sequence of training and education programs designed to develop a person’s academic and technical skills. By obtaining stackable credentials and developing new skills a worker can advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector.
Last Updated: 11/18/2021
The U.S. Census Bureau publishes population demographics based on data collected through the Decennial Census and annual American Community Survey. Decennial Census demographic profiles provide data on age and sex distributions, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, household relationship and type. The American Community Survey provides data, collected on an on-going basis, on education, language, housing and jobs. This series will feature county trends and statistics for the state of Missouri.
WIOA County Demographics
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State and Regional Labor Force and Demographic Data in an Excel File.
Last Updated: 5/12/2022
Many Languages of Missouri
Last Updated: 2/8/2021
Last Updated: 4/18/2019