Category Archives: Data Dive

Missouri’s number of Work Ready certifications exceeds U.S. average

The Missouri Work Ready Communities initiative uses the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to identify the number of qualified workers available in a given community and what skill level they have. This gives economic developers valuable data to market their workforce quality. The Missouri 2030 Dashboard shows that since 2015, Missouri has remained above the U.S. average for number

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Data Dive: Business ownership in Missouri is higher than national average

As the economy continues to transition away from the traditional 9-5 workplace, some experts are forecasting a rise in business ownership. If that trend holds true, Missouri is slightly ahead of the curve. While owning a business is a commonly held dream in the United States, only about 6 percent of American adults have actually achieved that dream, according to

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Missouri trending upward in STEM education

There has been a tremendous emphasis in Missouri in recent years to encourage students to focus their efforts on excelling in science, technology, engineering and math. National data show this work is paying off, as the state is now performing better than most when it comes to students completing postsecondary STEM degrees and credentials. For every 1,000 Missouri students who

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49th in the nation? A closer look at Missouri’s latest legal climate ranking

In mid-September, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released its latest ranking of state legal climates, placing Missouri 49th in the nation. This is a drop from 2015, when our state ranked 42nd in the nation. Only Louisiana now ranks lower than Missouri, according to the latest report. Right now you might be asking yourself: “Didn’t our governor and

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How does Missouri’s transportation system compare?

Earlier this year, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry launched an online dashboard tracking how Missouri compares with other states on dozens of important economic metrics. The dashboard provides a transparent way to track the state’s progress as the ideas and proposals contained in the Missouri Chamber’s Missouri 2030 strategic plan are implemented. This month we focus on the

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