MERIC NEWS LETTER

St. Charles County Accounts for One-Third of Employee Increases

St. Charles County accounted for nearly one-third of the total employee increase in Missouri from 2003-2004, a difference of 11,059 new employees. This was far and away the greatest increase of any county in the state – larger than the total numerical increase of four of Missouri’s bordering states (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma).

Over 33,000 Missourians were considered new, paid employees from 2003 to 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of paid employees in Missouri increased to 2,421,450 in 2004, a 1.4% increase.

Other counties with significant increases in paid employees were Greene, Clay, Jefferson, St. Francois and Franklin. Notably missing from the list of counties was St. Louis County, which had a decrease of 3,132 paid employees. 

The largest percentage increases among Missouri counties occurred in Lewis (19.8), Cooper (11.8), Ripley (11.3), Iron (10.9), Benton (10.6) and St. Charles (10.4). Counties experiencing the greatest percentage decreases were New Madrid (-19.0), Grundy (-17.3), Putnam (-16.8) and DeKalb (-12.0).

The percentage increase for Missouri was just below the national average of 1.5% and larger than all but two neighboring states. Only Arkansas and Tennessee had larger percentage increases from 2003-04. And only Tennessee added more paid employees over this span, with an increase of 48,060.

Report by Michael Muin, maps by Melissa Lanclos, MERIC

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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