MERIC NEWS LETTER

BRAC Survey Shows Openings in 
St. Louis and Kansas City

The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Job Vacancy Survey estimates full and part-time positions for hire in the St. Louis and Kansas City Metro areas. The October 2006 survey of area employers showed 29,000 positions open for hire in St. Louis and nearly 34,000 in the Kansas City Metro.

The survey is the result of a collaborative effort between the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) and the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The Job Vacancy Survey (JVC) is conducted every six months-in the spring and fall. Industries with the highest percent of openings in the two areas combined were Accommodation and Food Services (23.7%), Healthcare and Social Assistance (18.7%), and Retail Trade (17.1%).

The top three industries with openings for hire in the St. Louis Metro were also these three, with Healthcare and Social Assistance accounting for the most openings with 7,662.

Additionally, four of the top ten "help wanted" occupations in St. Louis were found in Healthcare and Social Assistance industries: Registered Nurses (2,269), Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants (1,662), Home Health Aides (953), and Child Care Workers (600).

The St. Louis metro consists of seven Missouri counties (St. Louis, St. Louis city, St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln and Warren) and five Illinois counties (St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Clinton and Jersey). St. Louis County (18,911) and St. Louis City (3,259) accounted for the majority of openings on the Missouri side and St. Clair (2,099) and Madison (1,838) on the Illinois side.

Accommodation and Food Service (25.8%), Retail Trade (18.8%), and Healthcare and Social Assistance (12.3%) were also the top three industries with openings in the Kansas City Metro.

Three of the top ten "help wanted" occupations were in the Accommodation and Food Services industry with Waiters and Waitresses (3,217) accounting for the most occupations, followed by Retail Salespersons (2,853), and Food Preparation and Serving Workers (2,506).

Seven of the counties (Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass, Clinton, Lafayette, and Ray) in the Kansas City Metro are located in Missouri and four (Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Miami) are in Kansas. Jackson County (13,112) and Clay County (3,983) contained the most openings in Missouri and Johnson (10,142) and Wyandotte (3,204) had the most in Kansas.

The survey data for Kansas City includes estimated job vacancies by industry and occupation, along with information about the reported occupations including wages, education, desired years of experience, and benefits.

The survey for the St. Louis region contains similar questions but also includes detailed data about necessary skills, math and reading level requirements, and required/desired personal attributes. For more data on the BRAC Job Vacancy Survey, visit the website at: http://brac.ded.mo.gov/index.htm

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