Missouri Employment Statistics

  • 202,441 employers
  • 2,794,728 employees
  • $943 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 14.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.2% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Missouri Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 29,025 more businesses
  • 187,133 more employees
  • 7.2% increase in total wages
  • $9,028 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 22.6% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Missouri Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: St. Louis County Missouri, 38,042
County with the Most Employees: St. Louis County Missouri, 552,347
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: St. Louis County Missouri, $1,121
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Taney County Missouri, 12.4%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Missouri, see: Missouri Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Missouri see:Missouri Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 2,961,736 employed workers
  • 100,321 unemployed workers
  • 3.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Missouri, see: Missouri Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 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

Quarterly employment statistics for Missouri, see: Missouri Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.