Missouri outpacing U.S. in manufacturing job growth

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, total manufacturing employment has grown 5.7% in Missouri, outpacing national growth of 1.6%, according to the Missouri Chamber’s latest quarterly economic report.


Ted Abernathy, managing partner of Economic Leadership LLC, said Missouri has added over 30,000 net new jobs in manufacturing between 2010 and 2022.

“The change in manufacturing jobs over the last 12 years has been a real resurgence that not a lot of people were predicting,” Abernathy said. “We’ve seen a manufacturing renaissance that we think is just going to get stronger as we go forward.”