Missouri Business Headlines

State prepares to launch proactive workforce development initiative

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The Missouri Office of Workforce Development is preparing an innovative plan to help employers confront the worker shortage. The program will send automated text messages to unemployed Missourians about state services they can use to help find jobs. State employees will also be making phone calls to share job search resources. “We’re going to go […]

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Senate committee considers “Earning Safe Reentry Through Work Act”

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In today’s tight labor market, more employers are turning to alternative talent pools to fill jobs — including justice-involved individuals. Keeping a job has been shown to greatly reduce recidivism. Research shows that previously incarcerated people are much less likely to re-offend when they have stable, full-time employment. For example, recidivism rates were nearly cut […]

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Childcare crisis: Senate votes to help parents re-enter workforce

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With Missouri’s childcare shortage costing the state an estimated $1.35 billion, lawmakers are continuing to advance an innovative budget proposal to help parents re-enter the workforce. The budget passed by the Missouri Senate on April 26 establishes new funding to help private employers form partnerships with childcare providers or establish new dedicated childcare centers to […]

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Hitting 95 percent of pre-pandemic employment levels, Missouri is a leading state in economic recovery

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Missouri has recovered more than 95 percent of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Missouri Chamber’s latest quarterly economic report. Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, said that Missouri is among those states leading in job recovery after adding back 357,200 of the jobs lost. “Ten states have made […]

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Helping Missouri students explore local career opportunities

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Legislation that would help Missouri students explore career opportunities in their communities continues to make progress in the General Assembly. On April 12 a Senate Committee heard testimony on a bill that would allow Missouri school districts to give credit toward graduation when students pursue opportunities like internships, apprenticeships and other valuable out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. […]

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April 22: STEM Signing Day in Missouri

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On April 22, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will recognize 20 outstanding students from across the state as they sign letters of intent to study science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Signing Day puts the spotlight on brilliant Missouri high school seniors as they make the big decision on where to further their education, […]

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House addresses Missouri’s childcare crisis

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As Missouri businesses struggle to find workers, it’s becoming clear that the state’s growing childcare crisis is at the center of the problem. Many Missouri parents want to work but aren’t able to because they can’t find childcare. The problem is so severe that nearly 1 in 10 working parents in Missouri report quitting a […]

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School credit for on-the-job learning

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As businesses across Missouri continue to confront a workforce shortage, a Missouri Senate bill seeks to help by giving students an opportunity to earn credit from work experience. The Extended Learning Opportunities Act, Senate Bill 1051, would allow Missouri school districts to give credit toward graduation when students pursue opportunities like internships, apprenticeships and other […]

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Lt. Gov. Kehoe working to address Missouri’s $1.35 billion childcare gap

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Following a recent report illustrating the lack of childcare in Missouri, Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe has launched a new effort to address the problem. In November, the Untapped Potential study found that the limited supply of childcare does not match high demand in Missouri — a situation that exacerbates the state’s current workforce shortage. The […]

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Senate approves critical workforce bill

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A bill passed by the Missouri Senate is aimed at helping employers confront a growing talent shortage. Senate Bill 672 would expand and extend Missouri’s innovative Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant program. It is a top workforce priority for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Championed by the Missouri Chamber and passed into law […]

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