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Economy

Union representatives call for reflection on Labor Day

Columbia's workforce says the 118-year-old holiday is a celebration of what American laborers have created.

Report finds historic preservation has profound impact on economy

Historic preservation tax credit projects in the Columbia area totaled $88.8 million over the past decade, according to a report commissioned by the city of Columbia. Every public dollar spent generated $4.40 in private investment, the study found.

Energy officials meet to discuss funding for Ameren, Westinghouse reactors

State officials updated supporters on the status of Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse's application for a grant that is seeking funds for small modular nuclear reactors.

Chamber considers giving neighboring communities more say in airport's management

A chamber task force is looking at other airports for ideas to improve the airport's management structure.

UPDATE: Mayor announces new flights between Columbia and Orlando

The additional service will force the city to address needs at the Columbia Regional Airport terminal, Mayor Bob McDavid says.

Recession produces spike in entrepreneurship

MU researchers find that down times in the economy prompt more people to start their own businesses, particularly in rural areas.

Annual survey shows some improvement in Missouri children's well-being

The 2012 Kids Count Data Book shows that Missouri ranked 26th in overall children's well-being in 2010, but there was a significant decline in their economic status.

 

Class of 2012: Europe's young pursue dreams abroad

Nations throughout the euro zone are suffering severe brain drain as their best and brightest young professionals seeks employment outside Europe.

 

UPDATE: Delta revises Columbia airport schedule to meet consumer demand

The airline will offer two daily flights to and from Atlanta throughout the week. Service to Memphis will be reduced to six times a week.

Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition hosts Fourth of July gathering

The Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition held a peace rally in front of the Boone County Courthouse in order to promote its idea of a "peace economy."

Missouri job incentive program comes up short, audit finds

The report focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

Missouri candidates react to health care ruling

Missouri Republicans respond harshly to hearing the Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats, Republicans are worlds apart on how to fix economy

"These two positions are almost diametrically opposed to each other," said Sung Won Sohn, a California State University economics professor. "And there's no common ground it seems."

 

Missouri payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May

The decline in non-farm payroll jobs followed several months of increases.

U.S. coal use falling fast; utilities switch to natural gas

The fuel that powered the U.S. from the industrial revolution into the iPhone era is being pushed aside as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

 

More than seven in 10 US teens jobless in summer

The decline in teenage employment has been particularly sharp since 2000. Employment for 16- to 19-year-olds has fallen to the lowest level since World War II.

 

Missouri economy poor, but unemployment rate better than national average

Missouri ranks 43rd nationally in real GDP, but the unemployment rate ranks in the top 10 in recent improvement among states.

Job growth in swing states doesn't guarantee Obama re-election

Although the national unemployment rate is high, President Barack Obama still has hope for re-election. Seven of the 10 states that will decide the election have employment levels that beat the U.S. average.

 

 

US employers waiting and watching before hiring

U.S. companies are holding out on hiring new employees until there is more certainty about future job markets.

Schneider Electric’s manufacturing lines to move, eliminate 70 Columbia jobs

The company plans to relocate its circuit breaker manufacturing lines to Mexico by the end of 2013.

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