Industry Research

Industry Research
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Business and Industry


Manufacturing is a major component of Missouri’s $321.7 billion economy.

Businesses By Size

Payroll firms employing less than 50 workers account for 96.1% of businesses in Missouri in the first quarter of 2020.

New Business Formations

Professional services accounted for 17% of new business formations last year.

Fortune 500 Companies

Centene, Emerson Electric and Reinsurance Group of America are the largest Fortune 500 companies in the State.

Industry Concentration Brief and Dashboard

This brief and dashboard explains which industries in Missouri are highly concentrated and why concentration analysis is important in understanding what makes a region's economy unique.

Industry Projections

Historic industry employment trends and other factors are analyzed to project future industry employment. Industry staffing patterns are then used to estimate occupational employment projections. The occupational projections estimate the number of new, transfer, and exit jobs openings that are expected to occur over the projection period.


Target Industry


The Agribusiness Industry refers to food production, maintenance, storage, and support industries.


The Bio-Science Industry includes production, services, and research and development sectors.


The Construction Industry includes development, production, and support services of specialty trade, building, and heavy and civil engineering.


The Education Industry is the only target industry that combines public and private sectors to get a clear picture of how this industry is performing in the state.

Energy Solutions

The Energy Solutions Target Industry Group includes technologies that provide long-term and low-impact solutions to the energy demands of Missouri residents and businesses.

Financial Solutions

The Financial and Professional Services Industry includes finance and insurance, professional, scientific, and technical services, management of companies and enterprises, and administrative services.

Health Sciences and Services

The Health Care Science and Services Industry includes professional, scientific, technical services, and health care sectors.


The Hospitality Industry includes the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector, such as museums, historical sites, zoos, parks, amusement parks, casinos, and other outdoor recreation; accommodations including hotels, motels, other traveler accommodations like RV parks, recreational camps, room and board housing, and food service sectors like food and drinking places.

Information Technology

The Information Technology Industry includes information sector employment such as software publishers and data processing, as well as professional and technical services like computer system design, technical consulting, and research and development services. 


The Manufacturing Industry refers to material and product producers and the industries that support them.

Transportation and Logistics

The Transportation and Logistics Industry includes production of containers, wholesale trade, consulting services, and transportation and warehousing services.


Special Studies

Manufacturing Industries Brief

Missouri ranks among the top states for manufacturing employment and capital expenditures.

Missouri Retail and Restaurant Sales

Retail trade is the sale and distribution of merchandise to consumers through either a store location or a non-store location such as internet, phone, catalog or advertising.

Creative Industries

Creative industries represent 2.5 percent of total state employment.

Economic Contribution of Agribusiness

Missouri has a $280 billion dollar economy and is the 3rd most economically diverse state in the nation. Manufacturing represents nearly 13 percent of gross state product followed by government, real estate, and health care. Agriculture represents about two percent of gross state product at $5.2 billion.


Industry Research Library


Lessons from Missouri's Fastest Growing Businesses

Cheetahs Continue

Lessons on How to Survive and Thrive from Missouri's Fastest Growing Businesses

Pattern Industries

Discovering patterns of connected industries can be difficult given the number of companies in an economy and the data available for analysis. Yet understanding the business patterns that drive wealth in a region is critical to designing effective development initiatives.