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Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (OEWS)

The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort that produces employment and wage estimates for about 800 different occupations. In Missouri, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development/Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Occupational Projections

Employment projections give an overview of where the Missouri economy may be headed based on past and present trends.

Career Grades Report

Find out which jobs have the best pay, most openings and fastest growth by knowing their grade.

Career Pathways

Career pathways highlight different jobs in sectors, from entry-level to higher skill, that are in demand  

Online Job Postings

View aggregated job postings data to show trends over time

Skills Transfer

While some occupations were particularly impacted by the COVID pandemic, the valuable skills developed from those occupations may transfer to other job opportunities. 

         Skills Transfer - Food Service - PDF

         Skills Transfer - Sales - PDF

         Skills Transfer – Office Administration and Support - PDF



Labor Supply and Demand 

Real-Time Job Summaries

Real-Time Labor Market Summaries covering the past 3 months. 

Labor Supply and Demand 

Labor Supply and Demand for 2021 

Regional Labor Supply and Demand

Regional Labor Supply and Demand for Missouri and each WDA region.




Jobs and Education

Missouri Jobs by Education and Skill Level

Missouri has a wide range of occupations that require various levels of education and skill. This report will highlight the employment, openings, and wages of occupations based on education and skill level.

Education Pays

The link between education and earnings is clear. At each increased level of educational attainment, there is a significant increase in average wage.


Workforce Research Library

Review MERIC Library and select reports

Missouri Labor Supply and Demand Analysis

Compare which jobs are in high demand yet have few job seekers chasing those opportunities.

Closing the Gap

Supply and demand gaps exist in healthcare, business, and science and technology jobs.

Archived Recovery Data and Information

Occupations and industries with the most job postings during the month during the pandemic.