State of St. Louis Workforce Reports

Understand the St. Louis job market through our in-depth reports, surveys, and infographic summaries.

 

2018 State of St. Louis Workforce 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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2018 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2018 State of St. Louis Workforce Report on 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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2017 State of St. Louis Workforce 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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2017 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2017 State of St. Louis Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, barriers to employment, workforce skills, education and experience requirements, and opportunity and advancement.
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2016 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

The 2016 report focuses on three important industry sectors that represent the past, present and future of our economy and workforce: manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation & logistics. Manufacturing is a rich part of our history and will play an important part in our future if we can make the adjustments to new markets and technologies. Healthcare not only has provided a strong employment base for the region, but also shows growth opportunities in health information and services. Transportation & logistics represents untapped growth for our region, given our central location and multi-modal capacity.

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2016 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2016 State of St. Louis Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, barriers to employment, workforce skills, education and experience requirements, and bridges to opportunity.

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2015 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

This report focuses on the wide range of industries and occupations that comprise the St. Louis economy and workforce. The events of 2014 in Ferguson remind us, however, that the benefits of an improving economy have not been evenly distributed throughout our community. The theme of the 2015 report is Economic Opportunity Gaps in the St. Louis Workforce.

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2015 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2015 State of St. Louis Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, workforce skills, education advantage, and college graduate preparedness for employment.

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2014 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, occupations drive our information economy and STEM graduates are the most sought after by employers while demanding some of the highest wages. We have tailored this year’s State of the St. Louis STEM Workforce Report to the supply and demand for STEM talent as well as the challenges and opportunities in developing and acquiring the region’s STEM workforce.

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2014 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2014 State of St. Louis STEM Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, required workforce skills, STEM employment and education, and the value of STEM.

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2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

The information we gathered for 2013 was broad and deep. It told the story of an improving economy and an increase in employer optimism, but with a continued bias towards caution. It informed us that there is a very competitive labor market with a premium on knowledge workers. It revealed that soft skills were still the major shortcoming of job applicants and that a lack of qualified graduates in various disciplines was the most cited reason for skill shortages.

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2013 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, workforce skills, education advantage, and college graduate preparedness for employment.

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2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

This year's survey interviewed over 1,200 companies about the employment outlook and talent acquisition and development issues. We found an improving economy but a cautious employer community. In the most in-depth look we’ve ever taken to obtain qualitative insights into the skill gap question we conducted case study interviews with six executives representing a cross section of growing industries and occupations.

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2012 Report to the Region

This four-page summary report highlights the findings of the 2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Report. Gain critical insights on the region's employer outlook, workforce skills, education advantage, and college graduate preparedness for employment.

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2011 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

The effects of the recession are still being felt. Be it a company or individual, this recession spared no one and has spurred a critical examination of how we build a stronger economy together. A theme of Moving Forward, a proactive effort championed by the St. Louis Community College to better understand how employers, education and training providers, and job seekers can collaborate for accelerated recovery, guided the efforts of this study.

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2010 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

The 2010 State of St. Louis Workforce Report is the second annual report providing critical workforce intelligence to business, economic development and education decision makers as they attempt to “pierce the veil” of an uneven and somewhat uncertain economic recovery. This report focuses on an economy that has experienced a jump start from a number of economic stimuli but is now settling into the reality of a long and uneven recovery, particularly in job creation.

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2009 State of St. Louis Workforce Report

This report provides critical workforce intelligence that business, economic development and education decision makers will find valuable as they develop strategies to address a changed environment for business development, economic development and talent development for our region.

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