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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Columbia City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit employers from asking on applications whether a job seeker has a criminal record.

The ordinance, known as "ban the box" also prohibits businesses from conducting background checks until a conditional job offer is made.

Kraft Foods plant in Kirksville to elminate 275 jobs

Nov 13, 2014

In a memo to employees the Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer  stated it would phase out bacon production in Kirksville and move production to another plant in Ohio.

Joyce Hodel, a spokesperson at Kraft Foods, told KBIA in an email that they are looking at bringing in other production to their Kirksville facility, but they don’t have anything firm to share at this time.

Carolyn Chrisman, director of economic development in Kirksville, is worried about the potential loss of 275 jobs.

Jefferson City Police looking for new officers

Oct 7, 2014
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Jefferson City's Police Department is seeking to fill positions that have been open for almost a year. Several officers retired in 2013 and the department is still looking for deputies to replace them.

The city police board wants to hire 7 new police officers, and 61 people have applied for the jobs. The department is now down to the last 10 who best fit the requirements.

Jefferson City business leaders prepare for future

Sep 12, 2014
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Jefferson City has seen some improvements from its chamber of commerce since it underwent structural changes in September 2013.

The chamber wanted to narrow its focus on four areas: talent, growth, place and membership.

The chamber’s president and CEO Randy Allen said the chamber has been able to develop the workforce in the city.

“We’ve been working pretty hard on a couple particular areas and that is trying to retain some young people and then getting the new people to the companies connected to the community,” Allen said.

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Republican lawmakers are trying again to limit the ability of Missouri workers to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for alleged misconduct.

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Missouri payrolls grew in January while the state's unemployment remained unchanged at 6 percent.

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Governor Jay Nixon announced in a press release Thursday that aerospace manufacturing company Boeing will add up to an additional 400 research and technology jobs at its St.Louis County campus.

The new jobs will be part of Boeing's plan to restructure its Research and Technology organization. The company, which employees approximately fifteen thousand workers in Missouri, is being helped in the St. Louis county expansion by the state of Missouri through a package of economic incentives.  

Boeing can earn these incentives by meeting job creation and investment criteria.

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St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.

The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.

The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.

Missouri's unemployment rate increased slightly even though businesses added thousands of jobs in June.

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For the month of April, Missouri employers added more than 12,000 new jobs while the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent.

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A U.S. Army plan for possible personnel cuts at forts with more than 8,000 stationed troops could mean removing troops from Fort Leonard Wood in southern Missouri.

Hundreds of members of the communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood gathered Tuesday night to discuss the proposed cuts and the effect it could have on the economy of the area. The fort currently trains somewhere between 80,ooo and 90,000 soldiers per year, but now that number could be decreased by as many as 4,000 troops.

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged lower in January while the state recorded a net loss of 4,700 jobs.

Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in January, down one-tenth of a point from December.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the largest decline in jobs with a drop of 2,700 positions. The manufacturing sector lost 1,400 jobs, and the information sector lost 1,200 jobs.

Hartzler's "Vicky for Jobs" tour stops in Columbia

Oct 30, 2012

Republican U.S. Congressional candidates Ann Wagner and Vicky Hartzler stopped to speak to Columbia residents Monday afternoon for her “Vicky for Jobs” campaign tour.

U.S. House of Representatives candidate Ann Wagner came to Columbia to show her support for Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. Wagner said Boone County accounts for 20 percent of the forth districts votes. She says there is uncertainty with regulation, health care, taxes and energy costs.

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According to the latest jobs report from the state [pdf], the number of jobs created in Missouri is going up, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in nearly four years. Some of the greatest growth was in the construction industry.

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Columbia Public Schools are having a difficult time finding enough part-time substitute teachers. So the School District is considering hiring full-time substitutes to help solve the problem. Columbia Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Baumstark explains full-time substitutes would have to fill in wherever they were assigned. Part-time substitutes don’t have to.

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Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased to 7.1 percent.

Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.

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A new monthly survey suggests the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will continue to slow down but continue growing even as Europe's woes persist.

The region's overall economic index dipped to 57.2 in June from May's 57.6 and April's 60. Any score above 50 suggests growth.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says businesses in the region are still benefiting from healthy farm income and exports, but the activity is slowing.

Global economic problems are hurting export orders.

Missouri officials say the state lost about 7,300 non-farm payroll jobs in May, even as the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.3 percent.

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Missouri added about 6,000 jobs in April as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down slightly.

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Economic Development also show that Missouri added more jobs in March than originally thought. The March job growth was revised upward from 4,800 to 6,800 new jobs.

Missouri's unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 7.3 percent. The department said that is the lowest level in 40 months.

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.

Missouri added about 4,800 jobs in March as its unemployment rate remained steady.

Porta-King Building Systems, a manufacturing company, announced an expansion in Montgomery City.

Air Force cuts hit home in Missouri

Mar 12, 2012

The Air Force is responding to the federal government’s 2013 budget changes by cutting Air Force personnel jobs throughout the U.S. KBIA looked into how these cuts will affect Missouri Air Force bases.

Missouri January unemployment numbers dip

Mar 1, 2012
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Missouri ‘s unemployment rate fell by half a point to 7.5 percent in January - the lowest level in over 3 years, according to the latest state report.

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The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job-losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of an expected twelve and a half percent cut in state funding for 2013.

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is coming to Missouri to give a speech about jobs and the economy.