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Construction

A random sample of 103 Construction companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.22 percent of the region’s Construction firms operating as of May 2011. Construction firms demonstrate more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 79 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Construction When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Construction firms are cautiously optimistic, with 40 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 47 percent expect to see some increase, and 57 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Construction Construction firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Chief among the challenges to continued growth are Government Regulation, Availability of Qualified Labor, and Access to Capital. Twenty-three percent of firms surveyed report one of these as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 74 percent (76 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Construction

Manufacturing

A random sample of 29 Manufacturing companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 0.80 percent of the region’s Manufacturing firms operating as of May 2011. Manufacturing firms demonstrate more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 80 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Manufacturing When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Manufacturing firms are cautiously ptimistic, with 52 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 55 percent expect to see some increase, and 69 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Manufacturing Manufacturing firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. One third of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Competition/Lack of Customers is second with 21 percent of firms electing it. Access to Capital and Availability of Qualified Labor are tied for third with 17 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 62 percent (18 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

A random sample of 63 Wholesale Trade companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.44 percent of the region’s Wholesale Trade firms operating as of May 2011. Wholesale Trade firms demonstrate slightly more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 85 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Wholesale Trade When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Wholesale Trade firms are optimistic, with 46 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 51 percent expect to see some increase, and 73 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Wholesale Trade Wholesale Trade firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. One third of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Access to Capital is second with 14 percent of firms electing it. Availability of Qualified Labor is third with 11 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 68 percent (43 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Wholesale Trade

Retail Trade

A random sample of 136 Retail Trade companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.00 percent of the region’s Retail Trade firms operating as of May 2011. Retail Trade firms demonstrate slightly more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 84 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Retail Trade When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Retail Trade firms are more confident in short-term growth than in the long-term outlook, with 35 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 49 percent expect to see some increase, and 65 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Retail Trade Retail Trade firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Twenty-eight percent of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Access to Capital is second with 19 percent of firms electing it. Availability of Qualified Labor is third with 15 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 65 percent (88 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Retail Trade

Transportation and Warehousing

A random sample of 16 Transportation and Warehousing companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 0.77 percent of the region’s Transportation and Warehousing firms operating as of May 2011. Transportation and Warehousing firms demonstrate equal confidence in their individual companies as in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 88 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of both their company and the industry as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Transportation and Warehousing When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Transportation and Warehousing firms are more confident in short-term growth than in the long-term outlook, with 50 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 69 percent expect to see some increase, and 75 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Transportation and Warehousing Transportation and Warehousing firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Chief among the challenges to continued growth of Transportation and Warehousing firms is Government Regulation, with 56 percent electing it as the single greatest challenge. Availability of Qualified Labor is second with 19 percent. Access to Capital is third with 6 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 38 percent (6 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers, and is second in frequency to Government Policies or Regulations. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Transportation and Warehousing

Information

A random sample of 17 Information companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 0.96 percent of the region’s Information firms operating as of May 2011. Information firms demonstrate slightly less confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 70 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Information When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Information firms are cautiously optimistic, with slightly more confidence in short-term growth than in the long-term outlook, with 59 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 65 percent expect to see some increase, and 71 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Information Information firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Chief among the challenges to continued growth of Information firms are Access to Capital, Availability of Qualified Labor, and Competition/Lack of Customers. Eighteen percent of firms surveyed report one of these as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Government Regulation is fourth with 12 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 94 percent (16 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Information

Financial, Insurance and Real Estate

A random sample of 160 Financial, Insurance and Real Estate companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.33 percent of the region’s Financial, Insurance and Real Estate firms operating as of May 2011. Financial, Insurance and Real Estate firms demonstrate slightly more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 89 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate firms are optimistic, with 38 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 54 percent expect to see some increase, and 77 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate Financial, Insurance and Real Estate firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Forty-five percent of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Access to Capital is second with 14 percent of firms electing it. Availability of Qualified Labor is third with 13 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 64 percent (103 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate

Professional Technical Services

A random sample of 146 Professional Technical Services companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.20 percent of the region’s Professional Technical Services firms operating as of May 2011. Professional Technical Services firms demonstrate more confidence in their individual companies than in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 84 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Professional Technical Services When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Professional Technical Services firms are optimistic, with 47 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 56 percent expect to see some increase, and 77 percent expect to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Professional Technical Services Professional Technical Services firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Twenty-eight percent of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Availability of Qualified Labor is second with 20 percent of firms electing it. Access to Capital is third with 12 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 74 percent (108 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Professional Technical Services

Administrative and Waste Services

A random sample of 60 Administrative and Waste Services companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.40 percent of the region’s Administrative and Waste Services firms operating as of May 2011. Administrative and Waste Services firms demonstrate slightly more confidence in their individual companies as in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 88 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Administrative and Waste Services When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Administrative and Waste Services firms are cautiously optimistic about their short-term growth, with 60 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 67 percent expect to see some increase, and 65 percent expecting to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Administrative and Waste Services Administrative and Waste Services firms are concerned about the future; they recognize challenges to growth persist. Thirty-two percent of firms surveyed report Availability of Qualified Labor as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Government Regulation is second with 23 percent of firms electing it. Access to Capital is third with 13 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 58 percent (35 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Administrative and Waste Services

Education, Health Care and Social Assistance

A random sample of 270 Education, Health Care and Social Assistance companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.11 percent of the region’s Education, Health Care and Social Assistance firms operating as of May 2011. Education, Health Care and Social Assistance firms demonstrate more confidence in their individual companies as in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 93 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Education, Health Care and Social Assistance When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Education, Health Care and Social Assistance firms are cautiously optimistic, with 40 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 57 percent expect to see some increase, and 73 percent expecting to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Education, Health Care and Social Assistance Education, Health Care and Social Assistance firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Forty-three percent of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Availability of Qualified Labor is second with 16 percent of firms electing it. Access to Capital is third with 9 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 61 percent (164 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Education, Health Care and Social Assistance

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

A random sample of 82 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.06 percent of the region’s Arts, Entertainment and Recreation firms operating as of May 2011. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation firms demonstrate slightly more confidence in their individual companies as in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 79 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation firms are optimistic, with 23 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 52 percent expect to see some increase, and 67 percent expecting to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Arts, Entertainment and Recreation firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Twenty-four percent of firms surveyed report Government Regulation as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Access to Capital is second with 21 percent of firms electing it. Availability of Qualified Labor is third with 11 percent. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 65 percent (53 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Other Services

A random sample of 129 Other Services companies, operating in the St. Louis MSA, was surveyed. These companies represent 1.66 percent of the region’s Other Services firms operating as of May 2011. Examples of Other Services include Repair and Maintenance, Personal Services, Membership Associations and Private Households. Other Services firms demonstrate more confidence in their individual companies as in the industry as a whole, demonstrated by 84 percent of those surveyed ranking the health of their companies as Excellent, Good or Fair. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Other Services When asked to compare business performance in terms of revenue and sales to the past, and predications for the future, Other Services firms are optimistic, with 39 percent reporting an increase in business from one year ago. In one year from now 52 percent expect to see some increase, and 71 percent expecting to see an increase in business performance in the next five years. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Other Services Other Services firms are thinking positively about the future; but also recognize challenges to growth persist. Chief among the challenges to continued growth of Other Services companies are Availability of Qualified Labor and Government Regulation. Nearly a quarter of surveyed firms report one of these as the single greatest challenge to continued company growth. Access to Capital is third with 19 percent electing it. Surveyed firms were asked to elect, from a list, any possible barriers they face in expanding current employment levels. Economic Conditions is seen by 63 percent (81 firms) as a barrier to hiring new workers. 2011 Industry Snapshot, Other Services Note: Due to survey size no Agriculture or Management of Companies industry snap-shots are included.