Governor Nixon Speaks on Getting Missourians Back to Work
CALIFORNIA - Governor Nixon stopped through California, Missouri Friday on his statewide tour to introduce his Missouri Works Strategy. Nixon spoke at Burger's Smokehouse, the largest employer in Moniteau County, which employs more than 250 people. During the speech, Nixon outlined the seven goals of Missouri Works:
* Attract next-generation automotive supplier jobs to Missouri;
* Expand Missouri exports to create jobs;
* Train more workers for high-tech careers;
* Hire more Missouri military veterans;
* Jumpstart job-creation in science and technology;
* Target high-growth industries; and
* Create jobs in rural communities
Moniteau County's unemployment rate is 7.8%, just 0.2% below the state average. Norris Gerhart, a small business owner and 11-year mayor of California, said that the town has had difficult times like everyone else, but is surviving.
The California economy has taken two hits these past two years. The first came in 2010 when MoDOT opened a highway bypass that cut down a large part of the town's traffic. The second came this past November when the Nordyne Plant in Tipton was shut down, which left 65 California resident jobless.
Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics' map of Missouri unemployment by county.