Unprecedented Workforce Times Could Lead to Unprecedented State Worker Pay Increases in Missouri
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announces that the state is switching to an endemic phase of handling COVID-19 during news conference on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Parson declared that "the COVID-19 crisis is over" in Missouri. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

(MISSOURINET) –  Missouri has about seven-thousand state government job openings and Governor Mike Parson is asking for a historic pay increase to help fill positions.

Parson wants the Legislature to pass an 8.7-percent increase for all of Missouri’s state workers and a two-dollar-per-hour bump in pay for group care employees working hard-to-fill shifts.

Anne Precythe, the director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, says she needs workers now…

Precythe says the department is struggling to fill jobs in St. Joseph, Bowling Green and Fulton. She says prisons in Licking, Fordland and Chillicothe are better staffed.

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