April 18, 2014

Labor Supply and Demand Analysis
Sometimes there is a mismatch between the jobs people are seeking and the jobs employers are hiring for. This analysis takes job seeker information from people who registered with jobs.mo.gov in 2013, and compares that to employer job ads during the same time period. The research shows that, with training, employment opportunities exist that can bridge the gaps between labor supply and demand. In 2013 there were 191,355 active job seekers in Missouri’s workforce data system, 43 percent of whom are registered in the unemployment insurance system. During the same time, employers posted 167,454 online job ads according to postings from Burning Glass Technologies.

Easter Holiday Consumer Spending
Welcoming the coming of spring and the Easter bunny with open arms, consumers are ready for chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and jellybeans. According to the National Retail Federation's Easter Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $124.90 that Midwest consumers, including Missouri, plan to spend this year. Total spending is expected to reach $15.9 billion for the nation.

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