With more than 3 million educated workers, Missouri has a greater talent pool than 20 other states, including most of its neighbors, with available and trained talent in our key sectors, including advanced manufacturing, AgTech and logistics. And it’s not just a quantitative thing. Missouri’s workers have a higher level of educational attainment than the national norm, many having studied at one or more of the state’s nearly 140 post-secondary degree-granting institutions. Educational partnerships and customizable workforce training programs bolster what is already a key asset for growing businesses. Missouri is also home to many certified work-ready communities.
That covers quality and quantity. But there’s more. Missouri’s labor force works for more than 8 percent less than the U.S. average (BLS, 2015), supporting one of the nation’s most diverse economies.