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2019 SW MO Economic Profile & Targeted Industry Analysis

The WIB recently completed a preliminary examination of the region’s economy and targeted industries to help inform its upcoming four-year operations plan.  The report examines population and job trends, population characteristics, underemployment, commuting patterns, industry and workforce characteristics, and more.

Individual counties and partner regions are also examined, including those within the service areas of the WIB, the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, and the MOKAN economic development partnership, as well as the Joplin MSA and the Barry/Lawrence County region.

Click HERE to access the report, or for more information on the WIB’s research services.

Underemployment Examined in SW Missouri

The provision of labor market information is one of the many business services available to employers through the local workforce system in Southwest Missouri.  Oftentimes businesses are in search of wage information in an effort to remain competitive and ensure their recruiting is effective. The Workforce Investment Board is able to provide detailed and timely data on both entry-level and experienced wages, as well as a variety of other elements by municipality, county, drive-times, and more.

The unemployment rate is often a topic of discussion, especially with such low levels in recent years. Less often discussed is underemployment, which can mean different things to different people.

The underemployed can refer to those who are in need or in search of additional employment, to those who are employed at less than full-time status, and to degreed individuals who are employed in non-degree positions. The underemployment data below is specific to the latter, examining college graduates aged 22-65 working in jobs that don’t require a college degree as of the 4th quarter of 2018.

Across all occupations, 7.2% of the jobs in Southwest Missouri are held by graduates working in non-degree positions. Those with the highest percentages of underemployed include Protective Service (17.8%); Arts, Entertainment, & Media (16.3%); Office/Administrative Support (13.2%); and Sales (12.6%) occupations. Those with the lowest underemployment include Education, Training, & Library (2.3%); Construction & Extraction (3.4%); Farming, Fishing, & Forestry (3.9%); and Maintenance (4.0%) occupations.

For more information, contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Source: JobsEQ®

Labor Turnover Examined in SW Missouri

The provision of labor market information is one of the many business services available to employers through the local workforce system in Southwest Missouri.  Oftentimes businesses are in search of wage information in an effort to remain competitive and ensure their recruiting is effective.  The Workforce Investment Board is able to provide detailed and timely data on both entry-level and experienced wages, as well as a variety of other elements by municipality, county, drive-times, and more.

One data element that has recently become available is turnover, and the ability to examine it by industry and other elements.  While the data is not as recent as would be desired, it does offer some insight into the local labor market and job churn.  The figures below detail local labor turnover in Southwest Missouri by industry, age, and education level from the 2nd quarter of 2015 to the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Industries with the highest turnover rates included Administrative Support & Waste Management/Remediation (22.9%), Accommodation & Food Services (19.4%), Retail Trade (11.9%), and Construction (10.2%).  The lowest rates were in the industries of Educational Services (5.6%), Public Administration (5.8%), and Finance & Insurance (6.7%).

As far as age, individuals aged 14-18 held the highest turnover rate (29.0%), followed by ages 19-21 (22.7%), 22-24 (18.0%), and 25-34 (11.7%).  The lowest rates were held by those aged 55-64 (5.3%), 45-54 (6.2%), 65+ (7.3), and 35-44 (8.1%).

As far as educational attainment, those for whom data was unavailable (those aged 24 or younger) held the highest turnover rate (21.7%).  Individuals with less than a high school diploma (9.4%), those with a high school equivalency (7.7%), those with some college or an associate’s degree (7.6%), and those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree (6.9%) all had rates below the overall 9.5% rate.

For more information, contact Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Source: JobsEQ®

Registration Now Open for January 15th Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event

Are you an employer, educator, or other resource interested in connecting with high school and tech center students looking for careers in the healthcare industry?  If so, you should mark your calendar for January 15th, 2018, as Mercy, Freeman Health System, and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri will be hosting the region’s 1st Annual Healthcare Exposition & Hiring/Resource Event at MSSU’s End Zone.

The morning will feature exhibits and demonstrations from local employers and educators on various activities, followed by a hiring and resource event in the afternoon to connect interested students with hiring employers in the industry.

EMPLOYERS, please click HERE to register, or email Bubba Evansco at bubba@sectorready.org for more details.

Download the flyer HERE.

2nd Annual Apprenticeship Forum Attracts Employers from Across the 4-State Region

The 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Forum was held this past Friday, and the event did not disappoint – more than fifty employers and education stakeholders were in attendance to learn more about the apprenticeship training model from a variety of different experts.

Employers were provided a wealth of information on different tax incentives and wage reimbursement options from Suzanne Richards who works as a training and development specialist with the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  Educators learned about how their districts and campuses could implement different programs and how to market them to their local businesses from Dr. Oscar Carter, Director of Skilled Technical Services with the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.  And municipalities and other government jurisdictions heard from Richard Kindberg with the Center for Municipal Excellence and Keith Stewart with the City of Edmond, Oklahoma on how the city was able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars via the implementation of a registered program tailored to their public works department.

Click HERE to read more on KSN’s coverage of the forum, and click HERE to download a copy of the event’s presentations.  For more information, please email Frank Neely at frank@sectorready.org.

Registration Open for 2018 Apprenticeship Forum

As businesses continue to experience skill gaps with new employees, apprenticeship training options are well poised to help develop the necessary skills and abilities of our communities’ emerging workforces to help meet the growing needs of our region’s employers.

The WIB’s annual Apprenticeship Forum is a great resource for business leaders, HR managers, economic & workforce developers, and educators to learn more about the apprenticeship training model and how to leverage related, short-term options to meet more immediate workforce needs.

Our featured presentation this year is from the City of Edmond, Oklahoma and the Center for Municipal Excellence – they will be sharing details on the development of their field services professional training program for public works employees, the first of its kind in the nation.  The program has helped them save hundreds of thousands of dollars by utilizing in-house talent to accomplish what would have previously required the hiring of numerous contractors.

Learn more about the apprenticeship training model from them, as well as Suzanne Richards, the state of Missouri’s apprenticeship development specialist, and Dr. Oscar Carter, the director of Skilled Technical Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Register Now!

For registration questions, please call (417) 206-1717 extension 2107.  For more information on the event itself, contact Frank Neely at (417) 380-9626.  Download the flyer HERE.

Multiple Events for Manufacturing Day Hosted by Local Chambers, Schools, & More

Multiple organizations, including high schools, tech centers, employers, and workforce and economic developers are celebrating manufacturing day this year by hosting a number of events aimed at increasing awareness of the many opportunities to be had in this vital sector of region’s economy.  The Joplin Globe spotlighted a number of these in their October 2nd edition.

Southwest Missouri’s local Workforce Investment Board and associated Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho, who offer accelerated training and certification programs for a range of trades for people who are looking for manufacturing jobs, will be taking jobseekers on tours of a number of local manufacturers, including Flex-O-Lators, Ajinomoto Windsor, and Thermal Engineering in Joplin and Carthage, as well as Regal-Beloit, Monett Metals, and PlayPower in Monett and Cassville.

Franklin Technology Center will be hosting local businesses and students on Friday with multiple presentations showcasing modern manufacturing technology and career opportunities.  Carthage Technical Center and the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce are also promoting new opportunities to their students, and are coordinating tours of numerous local manufacturers who are very interested in getting the word out about their businesses and open positions.

Events like these help to educate our region’s emerging workforce on the many opportunities available to jobseekers within the manufacturing industry. Please click here to access the Globe’s article on Manufacturing Day events in Southwest Missouri.

WIB Receives Missouri Association of Manufacturers’ 2018 OneSource Alliance Award

The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri was honored by the Missouri Association of Manufacturers last week with the presentation of the Made in Missouri OneSource Alliance Award.

The WIB, in partnership with the Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho has and continues to work with our areas’s manufacturing and education  stakeholders to work to address workforce training needs in Southwest Missouri.  Efforts are currently focused on the provision of short-term training meant to provide the foundational skills necessary for jobseekers to enter one of the region’s targeted industries – manufacturing, transportation, construction, and healthcare.  Classroom training and other curriculum and practical application are followed by paid work experiences with different employer partners seeking to utilize another pipeline of qualified, credentialed, and work-ready jobseekers.

For more information on current and upcoming training offerings, or to apply for these and other jobseeker or business services, please visit www.sectorready.org.

Employer Registration Open for Manufacturing Days ‘Drop Off’ Hiring Events in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho

As part of our Manufacturing Days activities this year, the Workforce Investment Board and Missouri Job Centers are putting together a special hiring event that will span all three days of Manufacturing Days.

Here’s how it works:

Work-ready job seekers interested in manufacturing will tour area manufacturing plants on: Oct. 3 in Monett/Cassville, Oct. 4 in Joplin, and Oct. 5 in Neosho.

The tours will finish up at the nearest Job Center each day, where the job seekers will be invited  to complete and submit applications and resumes for manufacturers in the area.

Workforce staff will collect all applications and resumes for your business and drop them off to you. You don’t need to attend the event (unless you want to) and there’s no cost for travel, give-aways or displays.

Want to participate? Here’s all you need to do:

First: Click the button below, which will open up an email.

Next: In the email, tell us you’d like to participate and attach a one-page sheet that has your company name/logo on it and also displays information for the job seeker, such as positions you’re hiring for, worksite location(s), and website if you’d like them to apply online. These sheets will be displayed next to your paper applications (if applicable).

Last: If you utilze a paper application, please also attach it to the email. We will make copies to have on hand.

That’s it! That’s all you have to do.

We will collect your application/resumes and contact you the following week to make arrangements to get them to you.

Questions? You may either include them in your email when you click below, or call Leslie Abram at 417-206-1717 Ext. 2107.

Diamond, MO Sees Addition of New Manufacturing Facility

Metal Building & Component Manufacturing in Missouri is projected to grow 7.9% over the next five years, with average earnings of $50,448 per job. McElroy Metals, a leader in the industry with dozens of facilities across the nation, recently opened a new manufacturing facility in Diamond.

In the past five years, Southwest Missouri has seen the addition of more than 3,500 jobs, more than 600 of which in manufacturing.  From 2012 to 2017, the region saw the addition or expansion of 490 payrolled business locations.

Area businesses can utilize their local workforce system for a variety of services, including job posting & matching, wage analysis, job training wage reimbursement, work experience programs, exclusive hiring events, and more.

For more information, contact Frank Neely at 417.380.9626 or learn more at www.sectorready.org.