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St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO and President Tom Chulick presented findings from the "Bridging the Talent Gap" survey alongside local business and higher education leaders on March 14.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

Although St. Louis has an unemployment rate below the national average, area employers are struggling to find candidates who meet their needs, according to a survey by the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The chamber on Thursday announced findings from the “Bridging the Talent Gap” survey. Among 289 respondents, 94 percent said they are hiring for full-time positions. However, 75 percent of them said they were finding it difficult to recruit certain positions — mostly requiring highly skilled workers.

Members of local organizations announce the forming of the Regional Youth Employment Coalition  which aims to reduce the racial unemployment gap.
Abigail Censky | St. Louis Public Radio

The unemployment rate in St. Louis region is the lowest it’s been in 17 years, but that’s only for some people. Unemployment is higher for African-Americans.

The Regional Youth Employment Coalition that launched this week aims to close that gap for young people entering the job market in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The coalition is a group of local organizations, nonprofits and private sector partners teaming up to boost employment opportunities, especially among African-American youth.

BriAsia Warren trains new employee Uraiesha Shelton at Beyond Sweet. Customers can order specialty shakes like The New Yorker, topped with a piece of cheesecake, and the Chocoholic. June 2018
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

At Beyond Sweet, an ice cream and snack shop in the Delmar Loop, two teens are practicing the art of of building mountain peaks of whipped cream.

For now, they’re practicing on pieces of paper, but soon they’ll move onto topping real sundaes and shakes for customers.

The St. Louis Federal Reserve is part of a central bank system that includes 12 regional reserve banks and a board in Washington, D.C.
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Unemployment in the St. Louis region is the lowest it’s been in years, but job growth is still below the national average.

That’s according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ fourth quarter Burgundy Report on economic conditions, released Friday.

The St. Louis zone, which includes eastern Missouri and southern Illinois, had an average unemployment rate of 5.2 percent in the third quarter. That’s the lowest it’s been since the second quarter of 2007.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 3, 2010 - For longtime area labor analyst Russ Signorino, the true harbinger of an economic recovery will be a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate.

"It's not just the number of people you're adding to the payrolls, but can you get that rate down? That's when you know the economy has started to kick in," Signorino said.

We're not there yet.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 7, 2010 - In a sign of the times, hundreds of people packed into a college gym, all looking for work. The mostly African-American crowd lined up at tables for information on what could be a new career. No table was left vacant as resume-wielding people of all ages and backgrounds politely spoke with representatives. Some wore suits and brandished leather-bound folders, while others donned jeans and held stacks of paper.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 19, 2010 - January's overall unemployment rate jumped to 10.7 percent in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with Illinois communities the hardest hit, according to preliminary numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

A few communities on the Missouri side of the Mississippi saw jobless rates decrease -- to 7.6 percent in University City and 7.8 percent in O'Fallon, Mo. But unemployment spiked to 19.7 percent in East St. Louis, up from 18 percent in December and 14.5 percent in January 2009. One decade ago, unemployment in East St. Louis was less than half its current rate: 8.5 percent in 2000.

Rich Thyer (left) gets help from instructor Larry Sisson at Ranken Technical College on Finney Avenue in St. Louis
Provided by Rich Thyer | Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 16, 2008 - Chad Risenhoover has some simple advice for the 2,400 autoworkers facing layoffs at Chrysler's sprawling assembly plants in Fenton: "Life isn't over; the sun will still rise tomorrow.

"Sure, you may have to sell some of your toys; sure, you may have to downsize. But there is life after Chrysler, after Ford, even after Chevy."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 16, 2008 -  St. Louis' unemployment numbers may not be as bad as they sound