Research

Area Wage Information & Other Data

Decision-level business leaders and the news media consider the Workforce Investment Board’s research team as the preferred source of detailed, local data on occupations, industries, economic indicators, and more. Local chambers of commerce and economic development professionals use the WIB as an extension of their outreach for business attraction and expansion efforts, and educators leverage WIB data for planning and improving programs. Read More >>>

Job Posting Analytics

Decision-makers now have more options for judging the region’s economic health. Job Posting Analytics (JPA) provide a real-time peek at which industry sectors are hiring, the intensity of postings and how many are unique, comparisons of new hires vs. postings, and which employers are posting most often. JPA joins a dynamic suite of research services available through the Workforce Investment Board and its affiliation through Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.

Labor Supply Studies

The WIB commissioned Growth Services Group to conduct the labor study over the Spring and Summer months. Four different versions of the study are available based on the concentration of geography. In addition to the basic study of the seven county WIB area, GSG produced a report specifically covering the counties served by the Joplin Regional Partnership with neighboring member counties in Kansas and Oklahoma. The also WIB commissioned studies for the Joplin MSA of Jasper and Newton Counties along with a study focusing the employment concentration of Barry and Lawrence Counties. Read More >>>

The WIB’s research is sponsored by the Empire District Electric Company and the Neosho Area Business & Industrial Foundation.

Contact Frank Neely at the WIB for a consultation or more information.