Missouri’s construction industry has lost 36,900 jobs, a 25.5 percent decrease, since the beginning of the economic recession in December 2007, according to data released by the Economic Policy Institute. The biggest drop in percentage came in non-farm employment, according to the EPI’s data. Employment in manufacturing saw a 16 percent decrease, or 47,000 jobs, compared to December 2007. In the meantime, the state’s education and health sectors gained 28,600 jobs, or a 7.4 percent change.
Peter Mueser, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri, said the employment trends indicate Missouri is moving away from the old industry structure, which was characterized by bigger proportions of manufacturing and construction.