jobs

Economy
10:24 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Missouri Adds Jobs While Unemployment Rate Increases

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month, while the state gained 6,200 payroll jobs.

The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that the August jobless rate was 7.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from July.

The report says the biggest increase in jobs was in the government sector. It added 5,700 jobs - including 5,000 for local governments. The agency attributes the gains to the early start to the school year.

The education and health services sector added 1,800 jobs.

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Veterans
4:16 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis

Colonel Mark London and Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Stringfield of the Georgia National Guard chat with veterans during a Hiring our Heroes event in 2012.
Credit (via Flickr/Georgia National Guard)

New jobs await veterans and their spouses Tuesday. Over one hundred employers will meet with veterans and their spouses during a job fair at America’s Center

in downtown St. Louis.

The fair is a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s small business conference for veterans, which lasts until Thursday.

The Hiring Our Heroes fair begins with an 8 a.m. workshop for mentoring, interview skills, resume help, and job search techniques.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

New Jobs Initiative Helps At-Risk Youth In St. Louis Help Themselves

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The City of St. Louis and local organizations and businesses are teaming up to try to alleviate the problems of poverty and crime in the community.

The new initiative is called STL Youth Jobs, a summer pilot program aimed at high risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23.

St. Louis Public Radio reported on the initiative when it was first announced.

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3:05 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

St. Louis Named Among Top 5 'Fastest-Growing Cities For Tech Jobs'

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CNN Money has released a list of the top 5 cities it considers to be the main up-and-comers on the IT jobs scene. New York City still "leads the pack" in tech jobs, followed by the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area - but the top 5 "growing" cities are St. Louis, Charlotte, Austin, Phoenix and Detroit. CNN Money says the tech job market in St. Louis has jumped 25 percent in the last year with a median salary of about $81,000.
"St. Louis is becoming a startup town," says Silver.
9:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Even After Solid Gains, 22 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Underemployed

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NPR's Planet Money team comes through again with a visual breakdown of the jobs numbers. Explore it all via the link.
As of September, 11.7 million people were unemployed. But that doesn't include people who were working part time because they can't find a full-time job. It also doesn't include people who wanted a job but haven't looked for work in the past four weeks.
12:44 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Jobs in America, in 2 graphs

Lead in text: 
The Planet Money team takes a visual look at the new jobs numbers, out today. Check it out, via the link.
Update, 8:52 a.m.: The number of non-farm jobs in the U.S. increased by 96,000 in August, according to the jobs report. Three years into the recovery, the U.S. jobs picture is still bleak. There are 4.7 million fewer jobs today than there were in January 2008, the month when employment peaked.
Jobs Plan / Jay Nixon
2:29 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Missouri Gov. Nixon outlines jobs plan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing additional training efforts and boosting exports to spur job creation.

Nixon traveled Monday to western Missouri to discuss a development plan he called "Missouri Works." The proposal includes setting up an online information center for Missouri businesses seeking to expand exports. It also suggests opening export offices in Asia and South America.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:45 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

McCaskill: Republicans most concerned about denying Obama a victory on jobs

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama's jobs bill. Forty-six Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama’s jobs bill.

The president’s plan died yesterday when all 46 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it. Republicans opposed its stimulus-style spending and the tax surcharge for the very wealthy.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, McCaskill said it’s important that Congress try to set aside the election next year and focus on improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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President Obama / Jobs Bill
9:46 am
Thu October 6, 2011

President Obama holds press conference on jobs bill

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us for this morning's previous on-air special coverage of President Obama's press conference.

NPR's "The Two-Way" has a full round-up of the press conference here for you to review.

Health Services / Jobs
11:34 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Mo. gets $20M grant to train underemployed for health services sector

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.

Missouri has received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than 4,000 underemployed adults in the health services sector.  Governor Jay Nixon led the effort to bring the funds to the state’s 12 or so community colleges.  Deborah Goodall is with Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and said the grant will help equip adults with high demand health care skills.  

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