Influx of new jobs sparks employment optimism in St. Louis regio -

Influx of new jobs sparks employment optimism in St. Louis region

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

( -- Several employers in the St. Louis area have recently announced they’re hiring. These new jobs will help replace those lost since the start of the recession.

In April of 2010, the regional unemployment rate was 9.5% which was down to a preliminary 6.7% in April of 2013. However, in that same time, the total number of jobs in the region has risen a mere .4% (5,163) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those numbers reflect a significantly reduced workforce and workers are still looking for jobs.  Roughly 95,000 are considered unemployed in the St. Louis region and many have been waiting for big employers to hire in bulk.

The best paying jobs recently announced will be at Monsanto and Express Scripts. Monsanto says it’ll pay its 700 new employees an average of $85,000 per year. Express Scripts says it’ll need 1500 employees at a reported $65,000 per year.

Other companies hiring will be Boeing, Charter Communications, and St. Louis Premium Outlets in Chesterfield Valley.

“We get calls all day long asking, “how can we find those jobs?” says Libbey Tucker, Community Services and Economic Development Director for the city of Chesterfield. “We’re trying to work with those people,” she says.

The new mall is looking to fill 800 employees to work in the stores when it opens in August. A job fair for those positions is being held Friday.

When added together, Express Scripts, Monsanto, Charter Communications, Boeing, and St. Louis Premium Outlets are looking to hire 3,800 employees. 

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