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Missouri Workforce Investment
Nia Ray, Executive Director
421 East Dunklin Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-526-8229
Fax: 573-751-3461

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Promoting a workforce development system accessible to both job seekers and employers.
  2. Aligning current workforce development activities among partners in education, economic and community development.
  3. Developing a system of workforce accountability that promotes return on investment and transparency.
  4. Promoting awareness of workforce system issues, successes and opportunities to jobseekers, employers and the general public.

Fast Facts

  • Missouri is composed of 115 counties (including the independent city of St. Louis). The metro areas of Kansas City & St. Louis combine to make up 61 percent of employment among residents in the state.
  • Missouri is subdivided into 14 diverse local workforce investment regions representing both rural and urban demographics. The local workforce investment regional populations range from approximately 200,000 to 2 million inhabitants.
  • Missouri employment totaled more than 2.7 million workers in 2009. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector contributed 19.3 percent of the state’s total employment. The Government (16.9 percent) and Health Care and Social Assistance (12.5 percent) sectors were the second and third largest employing sectors, with Manufacturing rounding out the top list with over 9.5 percent of Missouri’s total employment.
  • In 2010, Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Local Workforce Investment Boards collaborated to implement the Next Generation Career Center initiative which streamlined customer flow processes and integrated service delivery in centers to significantly increase the number of Career Center customers accessing higher-level career services.

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