Job Growth

1 decade 3 years 9 months ago Tuesday, December 27 2005 Dec 27, 2005 Tuesday, December 27, 2005 10:47:14 PM CST December 27, 2005 in News

The strong job market affects Columbia everyday.

Construction seems to be everywhere. The Department of Economic Development says the number of jobs in Columbia this year increased the most last month.

"In terms of employment growth, a lot of it has occured in the private service-producing industries, particulary in health care and social assistance," said William Niblack, research manager. "Statewide, there has been a lot of increase in the financial industries, particulary related to new mortgage-lending and also refinancing of activity."

Outside of St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia saw the largest increase in jobs in the state. In November, 700 new jobs were created and 2,400 new jobs were created throughout this year.

One Columbia business owner is opening two more stores because he's confident about the economy.

"The majority of the reason is because Columbia is growing so much," said Barron Roth, administrator at Massage Envy. "We supposedly hit the 100,000 mark and now it's going to double in the next 5-7 years. And that's bringing in a lot of people, a lot of changes that weren't here before."

Columbia again had the lowest jobless rate among Missouri's major cities. Missouri payrolls grew by 3,500 new jobs last month.

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