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Missouri Has Regained 95-Percent of Pre-Pandemic Employment

According to the latest Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Missouri has recovered more than 95 percent of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, said that Missouri is among those states leading in job recovery after adding back 357,200 of the jobs lost. According to Abernathy 10 states have made it back above pre-pandemic levels, with Missouri still just below that point, but among the leading states in recovery.

Some areas of Missouri’s economy are rebounding faster than others. Construction has grown 7.5 percent above pre-pandemic levels. Trade, transportation and utilities have grown by 3.2 percent.

Economic recovery also varies by location. Columbia, Joplin and Springfield are outpacing the national average in job recovery, while Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Joseph and St. Louis still lag behind.

Missouri’s shrinking labor pool is another topic covered in the report. Predictions are that thanks to lower birth rates, fewer immigrant workers and a high number of employees who took early retirement during the pandemic that shortage will continue into the foreseeable future.

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