Central Missouri Economic Development Alliance
CMEDA - Workforce
The regional labor basin for the Alliance includes the Missouri counties of: Bates, Benton, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Cooper, Henry, Hickory, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Ray, Saline, and St. Clair Counties in Missouri, plus portions of Clay and Jackson Counties east of Kansas City.

The “Available Labor Pool or ALP” represents those who indicate that they are looking for employment or would consider changing their jobs for the right employment opportunity.

  • The population of the West Central Missouri Region is estimated to be 491,086. About 26% of the population (or 129,694 individuals) are considered to be part of the Available Labor Pool (ALP).
  • Of the ALP, an estimated 22,682 (17.5%) non-working and 26,171 (20.2%) working individuals are looking for new employment, while 6,397 (4.9%) non-working and 74,443 (57.4%) working individuals would consider new and/or different employment for the right opportunities. 
  • More than 68% of the ALP has at least some college experience and almost 96% has at least a high school diploma. The average age for members of the ALP is about 45 years old, and women make up about half (48.4%) of the ALP.
  • An estimated 26,214 members of the ALP are currently employed as general laborers, while an additional 11,355 work in government services or technical/high skill blue-collar occupations.
  • An estimated 43,158 members of the ALP work in service sector jobs, while 21,445 work in professional white-collar jobs.
  • About 83% of the ALP indicates that they are “willing to work outside of their primary field of employment for a new or different employment opportunity.”
  • Almost 49% of the members of the ALP will commute up to 45 minutes, one way, for an employment opportunity, while 87% will commute up to 30 minutes for employment. 
  • The most important desired benefits in order are good salary or hourly wage, on-the-job or paid training, good retirement benefits, good health benefits, and vacation benefits.
  • An estimated 75,490 members (58%) of the ALP are interested in a new job at $16 an hour, 45,788 (35%) are available at $12 an hour, and 8,161 (6%) are available at $8 an hour.
For more detail information about the CMEDA Workforce, download the latest Regional Labor Basin study or individual county reports from the listing on our Resources page.
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