Decision-level business leaders and the news media consider the WIB as the preferred source of market trends and projections. Local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations use the WIB as an extension of their outreach for business attraction and expansion efforts. The WIB’s nationally-profiled excellence with market intelligence and its technical assistance role are vital for development strategies that boost the economic well-being of the region.

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.

The WIB’s research products come in four useful categories of Market Profiles, Forecasting (our most popular), Impact Analysis, and Specialized Projects. The WIB’s award-winning team of research and development professionals stand ready to assist with powerful tools to aid in successful decision-making. The WIB’s research is underwritten by the Empire District Electric Company.

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 >>>