Economic indicators for Columbia, Boone County and Missouri, including unemployment rates, weekly and yearly wage rates, cost of living and population comparisons.
Missouri's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point between November and December 2011.
The Missouri governor is expected to focus on jobs and other economic issues.
With the down economy, families across the U.S. are adjusting their holiday shopping plans to help save money.
While much of America worries about the possibility of a double-dip recession, farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year.
St. Peters-based MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. will cut about 1,300 jobs, including about 250 in the U.S., because of a weak demand in the solar energy and chip markets.
The Mexico, Mo., company said it will suspend brick production and lay off most of the company's 34 hourly workers.
Construction on the $20 million development is scheduled to begin in April. The adjacent parking garage is scheduled to be finished either before or at the same time as the hotel.
Columbia is trying to narrow the "technology gap" for public housing residents, starting with Paquin Tower.
On Nov. 18, Congress repealed a ban on funding for federal inspection of the slaughter of horses. However, the future of horse slaughter in Missouri is still uncertain.
The prices-paid index, which examines the cost of raw materials and supplies, rose 4.9 percent in November to 60.9 percent. Any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next three to six months.
Peanut butter prices are up, but donations are down, and that makes it harder for food banks to get and distribute the child-friendly, family-favorite source of protein.
With the holiday shopping season underway, retailers are coming up with other names for days, such as Green Tuesdays, Pink and Blue Fridays and Small Business Saturday.
Centralia residents don't claim their city is the best in the world. But it does have a special quality: the pride of residents who embody small-town values.
Like many Americans, more Missourian residents are relying on local food banks, increasing demand and costs.
The cash-strapped St. Louis County town plagued by scandal is going away. Dissolving the town is a cheaper alternative than making upgrades the town needs, the mayor said.
The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.
Neighborhoods with poverty rates of at least 40 percent are stretching over larger areas, and poverty is increasing in suburbs two times faster than in cities.
The natural disaster designation in 101 out of 114 counties in Missouri gives farmers access to a special, low-interest emergency loan, but the aging loan program is increasingly under-used.
Students and panelists at Hickman High School discussed the U.S. economy at the school's second Speak Your Mind forum of the semester.