Department of Economic Development
Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state’s unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.
The declines were partly offset by gains of 900 jobs in financial services and 400 in construction.
The Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing Monday before it takes up Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget.
“What we’re seeing now is in the last couple months the Missouri labor force is starting to grow once again,” a Department of Economic Development spokesman said.
The jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in July to 7.2 percent. That compares with a national rate of 8.3 percent.
Jason Hall couldn’t win Senate confirmation as Missouri’s economic development director has received a new job in the department.
The report makes a point of stating the panel’s finding that the DED did not do its due diligence while investigating Mamtek.,
Nine senators delayed action to vote on Jason Hall’s approval to efficiently serve as Missouri’s Economic Development Director.
The Mamtek project fell through after the company defaulted on a $39 million bond payment to Moberly after promising to create around 600 jobs by building an artificial sweetener plant. .
The proposal is called Compete Missouri. It’s backed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and passed the Missouri Senate last week on a bipartisan vote.