Newly released data shows that Missouri led the nation in job creation in 2013.
The Show-Me State saw a 16.7 percent spike in new businesses between 2012 and 2013, according to a new analysis from the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. That was 10.6 percentage points higher than the next-best state, Kentucky, and made Missouri one of just 11 states nationwide to see a net gain in new businesses during that span.
Gov. Jay Nixon hailed the report as a sign of the state’s success spurring small businesses and entrepreneurs.
“Small businesses are the engines of our economy, and that’s why we’ve worked hard to help entrepreneurs turn cutting-edge ideas into high-paying jobs for Missourians,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in a release. “This report – showing that Missouri is not only bucking the national trend, but leading the country in new business creation – is proof positive that our efforts are paying off in a big way.”