REDI Report – October 31, 2015

Things are looking good on the local employment front

I want to start off by saying, “Happy Halloween” to all of the ghosts and goblins in Lebanon and Laclede County. I hope those of you who have children to take out for “trick-or-treating” have a great time this weekend. Most importantly, I hope you stay safe and enjoy the time with loved ones.

Our community and county received continued great news this past week as it relates to the job scene locally. For the month of September 2015, our unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. This is down from the 6.6 percent unemployment rate we had in August of this year. Our September 2015 tally is also one full percentage point better than the same month one year ago and the best overall September we have had for the county since 2007. We also had our largest labor force for a September since 2009.

Again, this is another great sign that our community and county continue to move in the right direction. We have new businesses on the horizon and a simple drive around town will showcase many of the ones that are opening in Lebanon (including openings this very weekend!). Some businesses have expanded either on-site or by moving to a new location in the community. Again, it is certainly a great time to be here to see this all unfold before us.
Also, many employers are hiring. Jobs are available here and are starting to be filled.

If you are a job seeker or know someone who is, I encourage you to visit the website: Here you will find links to help you search for jobs, tips on how to make the most of searches and more. Currently the Missouri Career Center has 95 job openings posted from the “65536” zip code. These openings include probation officers, delivery drivers, CAD technicians, health care positions and route sales representatives, just to name a few.

If you need further, direct assistance, please contact our local staff at the Missouri Career Center at 417-532-6146.
I want to commend the City of Lebanon, Mayor Lyle Anderson, Ken Howe and Holman-Howe Funeral Homes for putting together an evening earlier this week to recognize local law enforcement officials. Everyone affiliated with the event, which was held at the Cowan Civic Center, went above and beyond to make sure the message of appreciation was given to our area officers and deputies. Having good local law enforcement in place is a big part of the economic development push. Not even good ole’ Mayberry was a crimeless community (and those who attended the appreciation event will get the pun of that reference), but it is good to know that we have good, caring people who put their lives on the line daily for our safety. And when companies look at places to grow or expand, local crime rate is one of the factors considered. So in closing this edition of the “REDI Report,” I want to extend another “thank you” to our local law enforcement officials AND their families for all they do to keep us safe, which certainly helps our economic situation.

Have a great Halloween weekend everyone!

(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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