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CoderGirl offers free weekly meetings that are meant to bring women with an interest in computer programming together with female mentors who can guide them.
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More than 260,000 Missourians filed claims showing they were unemployed as of May 2. It’s a staggering number, and it’s likely only to grow.

For Jeff Mazur, executive director of the tech training nonprofit LaunchCode, the numbers are a wakeup call. In his view, workforce training programs have failed to keep up with the realities of the modern workplace.

As one example, Mazur points to the local job training programs funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program. Workers seeking to learn what opportunities they’re eligible for have generally been required to show up for an in-person conversation at a job center, he explained on St. Louis on the Air.   

Construction continues on the 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and outpatient care center for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Aug 16, 2018
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The construction industry is booming. Nationally, employment in the sector increased by 303,000 over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, according to an analysis of the latest government data by the Associated General Contractors of America Association.

In the St. Louis region, contractors and unions report they are near full-employment, but a shortage of next generation tradesmen and women is making recruitment a top priority for many local construction companies.

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Job skills are the focus of the 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce study published Wednesday by the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College.

This year’s report is titled “Help Wanted: A Skilled Workforce. Addressing the Workforce Needs of the St. Louis Economy.

U.S. Steel continues to ramp up production at Granite City Works following an idling that lasted for a couple of years.
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Stakeholders on both sides of the Mississippi River are ramping up recruitment efforts due to a shortage of workers pursuing careers in construction. In the Metro East, those recruitment efforts also include manufacturing.

St. Louis Employers Seeking STEM Talent

Oct 8, 2014

Last month’s State of St. Louis Workforce report examined St. Louis’ economy and labor market, and the local demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics talent.

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By 2022, employment in the STEM fields ― science, technology, engineering and math ― is projected to grow by 12.4 percent in the St. Louis region.

That’s compared to an expected growth of only 9.2 percent for non-STEM jobs.

Those are among the estimates provided in the sixth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report, released this week by the St. Louis Community College.

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

About half of the health care workers in the St. Louis area have less than a bachelor's degree.

The number of health care workers with lower levels of education is on the rise here but for the most part, their salaries are not.

That puts the St. Louis region in line with the national trend, according to a new report released on Thursday by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Report: St. Louis Economy Improving But Challenges Persist

Aug 20, 2013
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The Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College released its fifth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report earlier this month. The report is a compilation of data from 1,200 employers and surveys of more than 180 students.

The Executive Summary states:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 11, 2012 - Amid the turmoil in St. Louis County over mandates on contractors who seek government contracts, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay jumped into the fray by issuing an executive order that highlights the city’s expanded workforce requirements for developers who obtain tax breaks.

What are we doing all day long? The Planet Money team at NPR shows us. Does the average American day portrayed here look like yours?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2011 - On Friday, April 29, Fran Hoyt's morning will likely unfold as usual. Around 6:30, she'll wake up, eat a quick breakfast in her University City apartment and arrive at work by 7:30.

Mid-morning, Hoyt will take her daily tea break at her desk with a cup of mint tea and half an orange scone. She'll finish up a few press releases, update a website, eat a yogurt for lunch, then put in a few more hours.