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Vol. 5, Issue 5: Aging Workforce: Trends & Challenges – April 1, 2024 (PDF)

Missouri map showing change in AGI due to net population migration from 2012-2021

Between 2013 and 2023, Missouri saw a significant increase in its workforce aged 55 and over, growing by nearly 126,000—a 29% increase. In 2023, the 55+ working population accounted for 23% of the state’s workforce, up from 20% in 2013. Some industries, like agriculture, are especially vulnerable due to a higher concentration of older workers—25% are over 55 in Missouri; 32% across the U.S. Across the country, industries with the highest percentages of workers over 55 include manufacturing (28%), wholesale trade (28%), real estate, rentals and leasing (29%), and utilities (25%).




Vol. 5, Issue 4: Population & Migration – March 11, 2024 (PDF)

Missouri map showing change in AGI due to net population migration from 2012-2021

Between 2012 and 2015, Missouri saw significant out-migration, losing roughly 5,000 to 7,000 residents annually. However, since 2019, there has been a steady inflow of migrants, peaking with 11,178 in 2021. From 2012 to 2021, Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) outflows exceeded inflows by 3.9%, indicating an overall outflow of income from Missouri. A negative net AGI in Missouri implies that higher-income earners are leaving the state, while relatively lower-income individuals are arriving.




Vol. 5, Issue 3: Community Engagement & Entrepreneurship – February 19, 2024 (PDF)

Table showing primary motivating factors for business owners.

Both female and male U.S. business owners are motivated to help their community (27% and 25%, respectively). Nearly half of U.S. Black or African American female business owners feel it is very important (49%). Overall, minority business owners hold a higher regard compared to non-minorities (36% and 23%, respectively). Community engagement broadens entrepreneurs’ perspectives, strengthens social connections and fosters a sense of integration within their communities.


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