Labor Force

Laclede County, MO offers a skilled and growing workforce. After the Great Recession, our economy has made great strides and unlike many parts of rural America, our labor pool is showing small gains. Below is information that shows this trend over a 10-year period plus current unemployment rates provided by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center – www.MissouriEconomy.org

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Year

Unemployment Rate

Labor Force Size

2009

12.5%

16,533

2010

12.4%

15,910

2011

11.3%

15,921

2012

9.3%

15,749

2013

9.6%

15,551

2014

8.1%

15,786

2015

6.3%

16,039

2016

5.5%

16,201

2017

4.8%

16,630

2018

3.7%

16,785

2019 (January – April)

4.2%

16,921

 

 

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