Missouri is the "Show Me" state of 6
million citizens. Located in the middle of the United States, it's
characteristically Midwestern but with a balance of flavors from the West and
East in major cities Kansas City and St. Louis. The state has, as well, carried
both Northern and Southern sympathies in the U.S. Civil War and for all but two
elections, has successfully predicted U.S. presidents.
The state's economy has thrived on agriculture, limestone mining and industry,
functioning as a main rail and transportation hub through its history. Top
employees include Wal-Mart, the renowned Washington University, Boeing Company and
Mercy Hospitals. Monsanto Company and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation are among the
several agricultural and chemical services companies in the state.
Recession-era unemployment was highest at 9.6 percent December 2009 and has fallen
to 8 percent December 2011. The two sectors showing visible year-to-year job
increases in 2011 was professional and business services and mining and
Missouri is experiencing slow recovery, reflective of the general pace of the U.S.
Growth in healthcare and education sectors is projected to favor associate and
master’s degree holders. Workers with on-the-job short-term training will be
required to fill positions experiencing high levels of turnover.
Additional information can be found regarding Missouri's economy
and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Missouri Economy.