Jobs numbers show record growth in Missouri – without RTW

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Jefferson City – Despite what proponents of so-called “right-to-work” will tell you, Missouri’s jobs numbers are showing record growth. That’s growth right now, without the anti-union anti-worker legislation Republican legislators claim is needed to spur economic development.

According to seasonally adjusted data released last week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 1,900 jobs in November, reaching a new record high for the state with 2,842,200 jobs.

The month’s employment increase was on top of the jobs gained in October; the increase from September to October was revised upward to 11,100 from the original estimate of 9,300.

The state’s unemployment rate for November also edged down by four-tenths of a point to 4.7 percent and the number of unemployed Missourians decreased by 10,846. The over-the-year employment gain was 57,100 or 2.1 percent. Employment growth for the same time period nationally was 1.6 percent.

Missouri’s largest private-industry employment growth for the month occurred in accommodation & food services (+3,700 jobs), construction (+3,000 jobs), transportation, warehousing & utilities (+1,300 jobs), and finance & insurance (+1,200 jobs).

Companies interested in learning more about Missouri’s resources for new and expanding businesses should visit www.ded.mo.gov.

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