Missouri Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 208,288 employers, up 4.3% from 199,657
  • 2,835,125 employees, up 0.6% from 2,818,732
  • $948 average weekly wage, up 2.5% from $925
  • The average weekly wage is 13.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 12.9% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 8,631, which is an increase of 4.3%. The number of employees in Missouri increased by 16,393, an increase of 0.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $23, an increase of 2.5%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 8,588 or 4.5%. Growth in private businesses in Missouri grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 16,881 or 0.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Missouri was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $23 or 2.5%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Missouri grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Healthcare with 24.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 6.8%. Professional services (10.5%), which increased by 7.0% and Retail trade (9.7%), which increased by 1.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information2769.2%
Arts and entertainment1727.8%
Professional services1,4397.0%
Healthcare3,2046.8%
Real estate and rental3435.6%
Company management845.4%
Transport and warehousing2755.2%
Utilities205.1%
Educational services874.8%
Agriculture and forestry784.8%
Mining and oil extraction124.1%
Construction5804.0%
Finance and insurance4253.9%
Waste services3503.4%
Manufacturing2183.4%
Other services3102.4%
Accommodation and food services2492.0%
Wholesale trade2401.8%
Retail trade2281.1%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.7% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.7% in the last year. Retail trade (10.7%), decreased by 2.2% and Manufacturing (9.8%), increased by 2.0%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Real estate and rental1,9185.2%
Construction3,2832.7%
Arts and entertainment1,1312.6%
Transport and warehousing2,3912.6%
Manufacturing5,4272.0%
Wholesale trade2,2771.9%
Healthcare6,9951.7%
Agriculture and forestry1531.2%
Finance and insurance1,5241.2%
Utilities1111.0%
Other services7130.9%
Accommodation and food services2,5410.9%
Professional services3060.2%
Mining and oil extraction-20.0%
Company management-299-0.5%
Educational services-294-0.7%
Waste services-3,238-2.0%
Retail trade-6,850-2.2%
Information-1,206-2.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,870per week compared with the state average of $944. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $202 or 9.7%. Utilities ($1,792), rose by $120 or 7.2% and Professional services ($1,514) increased by $79 or 5.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Utilities$1207.2%
Waste services$395.6%
Professional services$795.5%
Construction$494.5%
Educational services$384.2%
Accommodation and food services$144.0%
Real estate and rental$323.9%
Other services$213.3%
Retail trade$173.1%
Healthcare$252.9%
Manufacturing$292.7%
Transport and warehousing$232.6%
Information$251.7%
Mining and oil extraction$201.7%
Arts and entertainment$91.2%
Finance and insurance$90.6%
Agriculture and forestry$10.2%
Wholesale trade$-2-0.2%
Company management$-202-9.7%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Missouri. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 16.7% of the businesses in the state (with 34,881 employing 55,577 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 2,748 more businesses, an increase of 8.6% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (4.7% of businesses) added 149 businesses, an increase of 1.5% and Computer systems design and related services (2.3% of businesses) added 549 businesses, an increase of 12.7% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other poultry production4400.0%
Securities and commodity exchanges3150.0%
Credit card issuing17121.4%
Magnetic media manufacturing and reproducing675.0%
Other performing arts companies1152.4%
Forest nursery and gathering forest products150.0%
Construction machinery manufacturing444.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled2,7488.6%
Computer systems design and related services54912.7%
Management consulting services37813.9%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1624.6%
All other specialty trade contractors15213.9%
Restaurants and other eating places1491.5%
General freight trucking long-distance13311.5%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (4.7% of employees) added 149 employees, an increase of 1.5% and Computer systems design and related services (2.3% ofemployees) added 549 employees, an increase of 12.7% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Office supplies merchant wholesalers1,343129.4%
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.13482.0%
Advertising material distribution services10059.7%
Other direct selling establishments39756.1%
Local messengers and local delivery44237.3%
Truck trailer and rv rental and leasing71835.0%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers34334.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled2,4784.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals2,1301.7%
Computer systems design and related services1,3593.2%
Office supplies merchant wholesalers1,343129.4%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing1,3388.5%
Direct life and health insurance carriers1,04110.7%
Offices of specialty therapists1,03012.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Spectator sports, paying $4,511 compared with the state average of $944. Employees in the Spectator sports industry were paid $44 more per week, an increase of 1.0% in the last year. Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,447) and Data processing hosting and related services ($2,497) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing ($3,447 per week) were paid $361 less per week, a decline of 9.5% and Data processing hosting and related services ($2,497 per week) were paid $47 less per week, a decline of 1.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Plastics pipe fittings and profile shapes$1,085106.6%
Agents and managers for public figures$75474.8%
Farm product warehousing and storage$52457.5%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing$55351.7%
Other performing arts companies$15646.4%
Postal service$14536.8%
Other nonmetallic mineral mining$27629.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Plastics pipe fittings and profile shapes$1,085106.6%
Agents and managers for public figures$75474.8%
Other transportation equipment manufacturing$55351.7%
Farm product warehousing and storage$52457.5%
All other information services$32924.7%
Sea coastal and great lakes transportation$31715.6%
Geophysical surveying and mapping services$28326.9%


Company Size

Missouri Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Missouri by far. 64.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 189,117 small businesses in the state represent 95.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.4%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Missouri added 10,187 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.4% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 10,218 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 5.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses declined 34 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 0.4% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 3 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.0% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Missouri Employees by Business Size

Missouri added 64,580 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 30,234 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 19.0% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 20,201 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.3% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 14,145 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.7% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Missouri Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Missouri workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Missouri (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.1% less than the national average ($881 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Missouri (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 19.9% workers below the national average ($1,596 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $71 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $78 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $82 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled34,8818.6%
Restaurants and other eating places9,8911.5%
Computer systems design and related services4,87912.7%
Insurance agencies and brokerages3,7044.6%
Offices of physicians3,4611.1%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers3,412-5.6%
Management consulting services3,10213.9%
Offices of lawyers3,090-0.1%
Residential building construction3,0833.3%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,5571.2%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places210,8900.3%
General medical and surgical hospitals123,0391.7%
Management of companies and enterprises65,159-0.5%
Services for the elderly and disabled55,5774.7%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters50,432-2.2%
Temporary help services47,392-5.9%
Computer systems design and related services44,4603.2%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing44,092-0.8%
Offices of physicians42,3341.0%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores40,776-3.5%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Spectator sports$4,5111.0%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,447-9.5%
Data processing hosting and related services$2,497-1.8%
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,481-1.4%
Sea coastal and great lakes transportation$2,34815.6%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$2,3217.8%
Electric power generation$2,2899.9%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers$2,229-11.6%
Portfolio management$2,1355.2%
Commodity contracts dealing$2,1136.3%




Data Sources




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