Missouri health care employment grew by 4,200 jobs, or 1.4 percent, in the past year, which is pretty close to the national growth rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Kansas City and Springfield are still adding medical jobs. But the St. Louis area’s health care industry employed 2,700 fewer people in April 2014 than it did a year earlier. The year-over-year comparison has been negative for every month since October. The Affordable Care Act is generally credited with boosting health care employment, and the national industry has added 218,700 jobs, or 1.5 percent, in the past year.