State of the St. Louis Workforce

Understanding the workforce is the first step in developing talent for it. We explore the trends and needs of our local marketplace and share our findings with you.

From 2009 to 2019, the State of the St. Louis Workforce Report has delivered trusted insights on dynamics impacting readiness of our region's skilled workforce.

Join us this year as we dig even more deeply into resources and growth opportunities for St. Louis employers and workers.

True or False: Job Openings > Job Seekers

We hear it often. Employers are hard-pressed to fill open jobs. But have employers been overlooking opportunities right here in our own community? The truth is this: while the overall employment rate is at record highs, certain populations have been left behind.

Join us as we explore workforce trends discovered through our 2019 survey and as we unpack the assumptions and opportunities of recruiting from three historically "left behind" populations: justice-involved candidates, individuals with disabilities, and African American men aged 18-24.

Admission is complimentary, but reservations are requested. RSVP at

Wednesday, August 7
7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
St. Louis Community College - Forest Park
Mildred E. Bastian Theatre
5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Register for 2019 event now 

2018 panelists discuss report findings at STLCC's State of the St. Louis Workforce launch event.

Our Workforce, Our Mission

To set our students up for success, we need to teach them relevant skills for in-demand fields. To teach them those skills, we need to understand the needs of the workforce.

Each year, we invest time and resources into taking an in-depth look at the job market around us. We then present our findings to the community at our State of St. Louis Workforce event. Each August, we share this report and bring in local leaders to speak to the needs and concerns it uncovers.

Through our research, we are able to shape our programs so that our graduates are equipped to excel in the job market.

Download the 2018 Report

For 2018, the survey and report focused on three industry sectors that are of critical importance to our economy. Information Technology is represented by Technology-Intensive Services, employing more than 140,000 workers in the region, many of whom utilize information technology skills in their work. Average wages exceed $90,000. Financial Services has become an important factor in the changing profile of the economy with first- and second-tier corporate locations established in St. Louis. Health Care – with nearly 165,000 employees – provided a crucial employment lifeline during the difficult recession years and continues to grow to serve an aging population. More than half of the job postings for health care are for middle-skill jobs. The 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report reflects a growing local economy but with a constricted labor market supply due to low unemployment, an aging workforce and static labor force participation that may eventually constrain future growth.
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Download the 2018 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2018 State of St. Louis Workforce Report on the St. Louis Technology, Finance and Health Care industry sectors. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, barriers to employment, applicant shortages and shortcomings, required workforce skills, and education and experience requirements.
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Download the 2017 Report

Our survey of nearly 1,100 employers from fifteen industry sectors represents a composite of the St. Louis regional economy. This year's theme is “Right in the middle: Skills at the center of the St. Louis economy.” It focuses particular attention on middle-skill jobs, those that require education or training beyond high school but not a four-year degree. Individuals can prepare for these jobs in a variety of ways including community college degrees and certificates, industry recognized credentials, and formal and informal apprenticeships.
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