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State of the St. Louis Workforce Report Released

July 30, 2009

The State of St. Louis Workforce Report was released Thursday, July 30, to an audience of more than 250 business professionals at a St. Louis Business Journal seminar.

The report profiles the economic landscape of the St. Louis Metro area by examining the business climate, identifying employment trends and patterns of worker dislocation.

The study is a joint effort by St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), the St. Louis County Division of Workforce Development and Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC). It was created to provide decision makers with critical workforce intelligence they can use to implement effective strategies to address a changing environment for business, economic and talent development for the region.

The report is made up of several parts, including the results of a survey of more than 1,537 employers focusing on the effects of the recession and plans for a post-recovery period; a survey of 447 dislocated workers asking them about their challenges and plans for re-employment; and case studies of six companies providing additional context to the survey data.

“We are pleased to work with our partners to provide workforce intelligence that will guide our worker retraining efforts during a very difficult transitional economy,” said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for workforce and community development. “Real-time labor market information is critical to our success if we are to thread the needle in developing skilled workers for jobs that come back on-line during the economic rebound."

The full report and other resource links can be found at www.stlworkforce.org.