REDI Report – April 30, 2016

Positive trend continues for county unemployment numbers

The most recent unemployment rate information released on the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center website ( brought more good news for Lebanon and Laclede County. Our county’s unemployment rate in March 2016 was 5.8 percent, the lowest tally for the time frame since our March 2007 percentage of 5.2 percent. We were also 1.3 percent better than the same month one year ago when the rate was 7.1 percent.

Our labor force of 16,638 participants was our largest since the same month in 2009. The increase in the size of our workforce indicates that more people are actively seeking work and finding it when they search for jobs.

Speaking of jobs, our local Missouri Career Center continues to be a wonderful resource for anyone who is in need of an occupation. Currently, the center in Lebanon has more than 370 work orders. This means that nearly 400 jobs are open through the companies who choose to seek candidates in partnership with the Missouri Career Center. These numbers do not even take into consideration any employers not using the location for prospect recruitment.

If you know of someone looking for work, please direct him or her to the Missouri Career Center. Our local staff does excellent work and can be reached at 417-532-6416 or in person at 2639 South Jefferson Ave., Suite No. 1.

In noting the positive unemployment stats and the current job openings, I want to take a moment to brag on the community and county at-large. On the Lebanon-REDI Facebook Page ( we recently posted a status about the available positions in Laclede County. Well, I am super thrilled that the status has been shared more than 160 times and has reached more than 16,000 people! You are all awesome. Imagine the impact if one or more person is able to find work simply by being connected to a job though the post. And everyone who shared the post took his or her own personal time to get the word out there. Now that is “unity” in “community” if I’ve ever seen it, but after 14 months in this area it doesn’t surprise me that our citizens answered the call to get the news to the masses.

Have a great weekend and enjoy some of the many activities that are on-going in Lebanon and Laclede County!

 (Brian Thompson is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Lebanon-REDI. He may be reached at his office at 200 E. Commercial Street at 417-533-5627, by mobile phone at 417-288-9737 or by e-mail at

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