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Career Pathways: Agribusiness
Career Pathways are groups of occupations within a career field. Occupations within a pathway share common skills, knowledge, and interests. Agribusiness industry pathways of Crop and Animal Production, Research and Development, Logging, and Business Operations and Sales all offer career opportunities to start in the field and grow with additional training and experience.
Explore Occupations by ACT WorkKeys® Score
ACT WorkKeys® assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Scores in categories of Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy can be one way to determine existing proficiency in those areas. This new interactive dashboard allows users to explore occupations and typical education and training needed by WorkKeys® score and region. Using this tool can help inform users of occupations they may already be prepared for, or which occupations may require further skill building.
Labor Market Information Quick Reference Guide
The Labor Market Information Quick Reference Guide provides descriptions and uses for many of the most common labor market information data sets. With links to data about employment, wages, labor force trends, demographics, and career planning products, the quick reference guide is a good place to start for anyone wanting to learn more about these valuable resources.
Mother's Day 2022 Spending Plans Increase
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are eager to honor mothers with flowers, gift cards, an evening out, and jewelry in 2022. Mother's Day spending is projected to reach $31.7 billion nationwide, with the average person spending $245.76. View this infographic for some fast facts and figures about how mothers will be honored on their special day.
Career Pathways: Energy Solutions
Career Pathways are groups of occupations within a career field. Occupations within a pathway share common skills, knowledge, and interests. In the Energy Solutions industry, careers are available in a variety of fields, including Engineering/Quality Control and Production. Learn more about the career opportunities in this industry at the link above.
Energy Solutions Industry Real-Time Jobs Analysis
The Energy Solutions industry had more than 8,000 online job postings in 2021. Computer Occupations were the top occupation, making up nearly 5 percent of total industry job postings during the year. Click on the link above to learn more about the top jobs postings in this industry and the skills and certifications most commonly requested for those jobs.
Gross Domestic Product for State, Metros, and Counties
The broadest measure of economic activity is gross domestic product (GDP), measuring the monetary value of goods and services produced in an area. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, gross domestic product for Missouri and the state's metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) and counties can be explored in these interactive dashboards.
MCDC Area Profiles
The Missouri Census Data Center (MCDC) provides a variety of tools to easily access information from the U.S. Census Bureau. One tool, ACS Profiles, is a summary of the most frequently accessed data items from the American Community Survey (ACS) summary data products. Recently updated with the latest data ACS 2020 5-year data, users can select a time period and geography to generate a quick and downloadable report for a variety of areas.
Online Job Postings Dashboard - March 2022
The trend in online job postings can be an early indicator of employer interest in hiring and assist individuals seeking job opportunities in currently in-demand occupations. Using data from Emsi Burning Glass, this interactive dashboard shows monthly new online job postings for Missouri and the 10 Workforce Development Areas, and the top postings by industry and occupation. There were more than 88,400 new job postings in Missouri in March 2022, up from 80,200 in February 2022.
What Can You Learn About Counties from the American Community Survey?
The American Community Survey (ACS) helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation. Explore data on popular topics in this visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau using data from the recently released 2016-2020 ACS data estimates.
Missouri Business Index Highest in Mid America Region
Missouri’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for March was 78.1, increasing by 9.6 points from February, and the highest index among the Mid-America region. The monthly Mid-America Business Conditions Survey, conducted by Creighton University, is a leading economic indicator for a nine-state region stretching from Minnesota to Arkansas. Economists consider the index a key economic indicator, measuring factors such as new orders, production, supplier delivery times, backlogs, inventories, prices, employment, import orders, and exports. The Mid-America index has been above growth neutral from 22 of the last 23 months.
Target Industry Job Postings: Health Care Science and Services
There were nearly 87,000 online job postings for the Health Care Science and Service industry from January 2021 to December 2021. The top occupation was Registered Nurses, making up 18 percent of total industry job postings for the year. Other occupations with a large percentage of postings were Medical and Health Services Managers, Nursing Assistants, and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Electricians
Most electricians learn their trade in an apprenticeship program. For each year of the program, apprentices typically receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training as well as some technical instruction. Employment of electricians is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in both Missouri and the U.S. In Missouri, the average annual wage in 2020 was $62,000.
Target Industry Job Postings: Construction
There were more than 10,000 online job postings for the Construction industry from January 2021 to December 2021. The top occupation was Construction Managers, making up 12 percent of total industry job postings for the year. Some of the most commonly posted specialized skills for jobs in this industry include repair, project management, and occupational health and safety.
Business Formations Statistics by State
From February 2021 to February 2022, Missouri business applications were up 2.7 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Business Formation Statistics by State data. Shown in an interactive Tableau dashboard, data can be filtered for type of business application, month of data, and comparison timeframes. Click on the link above to learn more about Missouri business applications.
Real-Time Target Industry Summaries
Real-Time Labor Industry Summaries for 11 key Missouri industry sectors provide an overview of the top online job postings, employers posting the most jobs in the field, and advertised skills and certifications for each of those sectors in the state. These quick stats for industries such as Agribusiness, Biosciences, Energy Solutions, and Hospitality help show the common skills and certifications that are most frequently in-demand for employers in each of these industries. (Visit the Target Occupations tab at the link above to see reports for each industry.)
Gender Wage Gap by State
A new U.S. Census Bureau visualization tool depicts the gender-based wage gap at the state level using 2019 American Community Survey and 2019 Puerto Rico Community Survey data. The wage gap data visualization highlights the top three occupations for men and women for each state by count of workers. In Missouri, there is a gender pay gap of over $10,000 between men and women, which is similar to the U.S. average.
Target Industry: Transportation and Logistics
The Transportation and Logistics Industry includes production of containers, wholesale trade, consulting services, and transportation and warehousing services. Transportation and Logistics represents 9.8 percent of total private sector employment, employing 224,031 workers across 19,564 establishments in Missouri.
January Job Posting Comparison
Job postings in Missouri increased by 27 percent from January 2021 to January 2022, increasing 68,200 online job postings compared to 53,550 in January 2021. The largest increases in over the year were in job postings for Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers (53%) and Computer Occupations, All Other (50%).
New Target Industry Briefs
Industry reports for 11 key Missouri industry sectors have been updated to provide an overview of the employment, establishments, average wages, and geographic distribution of those sectors in the state. These quick stats for industries such as Agribusiness, Health Care Science and Services, Manufacturing, and Transportation and Logistics help show the importance of these and other industries to Missouri's economy. (Visit the Target Industry tab at the link above.)
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. Most diagnostic imaging workers are employed in hospitals, while many of the rest worked in physicians’ offices or medical and diagnostic laboratories. This occupation typically requires an associate degree for employment. Employment of medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in both Missouri and the U.S. In Missouri, the average annual wage for those in these careers range from $50,000 to $74,000 per year.
Southwest Region Profile
The Southwest Region is comprised of seven counties in the southwest portion of Missouri. This region is home to several cities including Joplin, Neosho, and Monett. The Southwest Region workforce has more than 127,800 employees, making up four percent of Missouri’s employment. Click above to learn more about the industries and workforce that make up the Southwest Region.
New Household Pulse Survey Data Released
The U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the latest phase of the experimental Household Pulse Survey (HPS). The HPS is a new monthly release of data tracking current household trends on socioeconomic topics such as food scarcity, child care disruptions, health, and housing insecurity for the U.S. and states.
West Central Real-Time Labor Market Summary
West Central employers posted 2,941 job ads from October through December 2021, with 77 percent for full-time positions. Health Care and Social Assistance was the industry with the largest number of job postings, making up 36 percent of the total. See the full summary for information on other industries and the top employers posting jobs during the quarter.