Missouri Economy Indicators

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Vol. 4, Issue 2: Childcare Access – January 30, 2023

Missouri map showing percent of under-5 population with access to available childcare

There are roughly 4.5 available childcare slots for every 10 children under the age of 5 in Missouri — roughly 3/10 in nonmetro counties, and 5/10 in metropolitan counties. Roughly 400 Missouri childcare providers have closed since the start of the pandemic. Nationwide, 9% have closed during this period. The childcare shortage is estimated to cost Missouri $1.35 billion annually.


Vol. 4, Issue 1: GDP Trends – January 9, 2023

Map of Missouri showing real GDP change from 2020-2021

In 2021, Missouri stood 22nd in the nation with a $359 billion economy. Following a 2.7% decline in 2020, Missouri’s real GDP increased 4.6% between 2020 and 2021. Between 2020 and 2021, 73% of the state’s counties grew their economies. By contrast, only 41% of Missouri counties grew their economies between 2019 and 2020. Between 2020 and 2021, two Missouri sectors — arts & entertainment and accommodation & food services — grew 33% and 23%, respectively. GDP gains were also significant for the information sector (11%) in 2021.


Vol. 3, Issue 15: Outdoor Recreation – December 5, 2022

Graph showing traveler purpose for visiting Missouri

In 2021, 25% of travelers to Missouri identified outdoor recreation as a reason for visiting the state. Outdoor recreation activities in 2021 contributed almost 83,400 jobs, or 2.9% of state employment — in line with the U.S. average of 3%. By the end of 2021, Missouri’s outdoor recreation economy had returned to 97.1% of its 2019 level. For the U.S. overall, 2021 GDP tied to outdoor recreation was 90.3% of the 2019 GDP level.



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