Talent in Springfield

Workforce is a major focus in the Springfield Region.  From talent attraction and retention initiatives to workforce development, programs are in place to ensure employers have access to the best and brightest labor force possible.

Labor Force

  • Almost 7,000 new jobs were created in the metro area over the past five years.
  • The bulk of these new jobs are in the professional services, manufacturing, and health care sectors.
  • Unemployment steadily declined to around 2.0% — down from 9.9% during the pandemic.
  • 90% of the counties in the Springfield Region are currently pursuing the Certified Work Ready Community status.

Income & Wages

Current Per Capita Income $48,664 Springfield MSA
Average Compensation Per Job $62,017 Springfield MSA
Current Average Household Income $67,384* Springfield MSA
Current Per Capita Income $66,179 Springfield 10-County Region

Source: USDC, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of the Census, 2022
*USDC, Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey, 2022

Growth of the Labor Force

The Springfield metro workforce has grown more than 5% in the past 10 years, and in 2004, accounted for more than one-third of Missouri’s total job growth.

Source: USDC, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, 2010-2017

Low Unionization Rate

Source: – (Current Population Survey, Outgoing Rotation Group, Earnings Files) 20010-2021