Missouri Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 206,655 employers, up 5.2% from 196,417
  • 2,774,719 employees, up 0.7% from 2,754,667
  • $986 average weekly wage, up 2.6% from $961
  • The average weekly wage is 16.7% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.2% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 10,238, which is an increase of 5.2%. The number of employees in Missouri increased by 20,052, an increase of 0.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $25, an increase of 2.6%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 10,187 or 5.4%. Growth in private businesses in Missouri grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 21,527 or 0.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Missouri was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $27 or 2.7%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Missouri grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Healthcare with 23.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 9.9%. Professional services (10.5%), which increased by 7.5% and Retail trade (9.7%), which increased by 1.6%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Healthcare4,4189.9%
Information2608.7%
Arts and entertainment1657.6%
Professional services1,5107.5%
Company management976.4%
Real estate and rental3545.8%
Transport and warehousing2825.4%
Utilities215.4%
Educational services824.6%
Agriculture and forestry734.5%
Finance and insurance4374.0%
Construction5533.8%
Accommodation and food services4613.7%
Waste services3623.6%
Other services3612.8%
Wholesale trade3062.4%
Manufacturing1292.0%
Retail trade3241.6%
Mining and oil extraction-6-2.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.9% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.7% in the last year. Retail trade (10.9%), decreased by 1.5% and Manufacturing (10.0%), increased by 2.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Real estate and rental1,6394.6%
Transport and warehousing3,8214.2%
Arts and entertainment1,0062.9%
Manufacturing6,9792.6%
Wholesale trade2,6382.2%
Construction2,5282.2%
Healthcare7,2051.7%
Agriculture and forestry790.7%
Professional services9260.6%
Finance and insurance6930.6%
Accommodation and food services1,3000.5%
Company management3040.4%
Utilities240.2%
Other services-64-0.1%
Mining and oil extraction-8-0.2%
Educational services-241-0.5%
Information-623-1.3%
Waste services-2,138-1.4%
Retail trade-4,542-1.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,388per week compared with the state average of $1,009. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $93 or 4.1%. Utilities ($2,131), rose by $163 or 8.3% and Information ($1,918) increased by $164 or 9.4% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$1649.4%
Utilities$1638.3%
Real estate and rental$687.5%
Company management$934.1%
Finance and insurance$573.1%
Waste services$223.1%
Healthcare$242.8%
Professional services$402.7%
Agriculture and forestry$182.7%
Other services$172.6%
Accommodation and food services$82.3%
Wholesale trade$322.3%
Educational services$182.0%
Retail trade$91.6%
Construction$121.1%
Arts and entertainment$50.8%
Transport and warehousing$70.8%
Manufacturing$30.2%
Mining and oil extraction$-74-5.0%


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 16.5% of the businesses in the state (with 34,068 employing 54,248 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 3,863 more businesses, an increase of 12.8% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (4.8% of businesses) added 338 businesses, an increase of 3.5% and Computer systems design and related services (2.3% of businesses) added 479 businesses, an increase of 11.2% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other poultry production2200.0%
Securities and commodity exchanges3150.0%
Credit card issuing18128.6%
Business and secretarial schools2100.0%
Other performing arts companies1368.4%
Other activities related to real estate10355.4%
Urban transit systems350.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled3,86312.8%
Computer systems design and related services47911.2%
Management consulting services39915.1%
Restaurants and other eating places3383.5%
All other specialty trade contractors17516.9%
Insurance agencies and brokerages1373.9%
General freight trucking long-distance13411.9%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (4.8% of employees) added 338 employees, an increase of 3.5% and Computer systems design and related services (2.3% ofemployees) added 479 employees, an increase of 11.2% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Office supplies merchant wholesalers1,356129.3%
Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy mfg.12176.3%
Advertising material distribution services11068.6%
Other direct selling establishments39960.2%
Alumina and aluminum production45954.4%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers43749.4%
Other nonmetallic mineral mining5942.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled2,4164.6%
Computer systems design and related services1,5423.6%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,4981.2%
Office supplies merchant wholesalers1,356129.3%
General freight trucking long-distance1,2525.2%
Offices of specialty therapists1,08713.5%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing1,0226.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places ($5) and Computer systems design and related services ($2) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Restaurants and other eating places ($5 per week) were paid $338 more per week, an increase of 3.5% and Computer systems design and related services ($2 per week) were paid $479 more per week, an increase of 11.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Agents and managers for public figures$75373.2%
Curtain and linen mills$31068.9%
Business to business electronic markets$1,16837.5%
Other performing arts companies$13336.4%
Credit bureaus$60233.4%
Sea coastal and great lakes transportation$79132.3%
Lessors of nonresidential buildings$45431.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Business to business electronic markets$1,16837.5%
Sea coastal and great lakes transportation$79132.3%
Agents and managers for public figures$75373.2%
Other insurance related activities$60828.8%
Credit bureaus$60233.4%
Data processing hosting and related services$51816.3%
Lessors of nonresidential buildings$45431.6%


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 92.9%. (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%.



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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.