Missouri Economy Indicators

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Vol. 3, Issue 14: Energy Investment Trends – Nov. 14, 2022

Missouri map showing percent of young adults remaining in Missouri regions between 1984 and 1992.

Coal provided 74% of Missouri's electricity in 2021 — the second-highest share of any state, behind only West Virginia. However, the share of electricity generated from coal has trended downward. It reached a high of 83% of total electricity generated in 2010. Renewable energy provided nearly 12% of Missouri’s electricity in 2021 — exceeding 10% of the state’s electricity fuel mix for the first time. Between 2020 and 2021, the most growth in fuel source use originated from wind energy, which more than doubled its generation capacity.

Vol. 3, Issue 13: COVID-19 and Paid Leave – Oct. 24, 2022

Graph showing change in Missourians reporting disability characteristics between March 2020 and August 2022. See Vol. 3 Issue 13 for details.

In January 2022, long COVID accounted for approximately 15% of the 10.6 million unfilled U.S. jobs. Of Missourians who previously had COVID-19, 37.4% reported symptoms lasting three months or longer — compared with 33.2% of all Americans. Of working Missourians, 7.5% need paid sick leave, and 5.9% need paid family leave. Employees younger than 30 and those who work for firms with fewer than 50 employees tend to have a greater need for paid sick leave and paid family leave.

Vol. 3, Issue 12: Farms Selling Local Foods – Oct. 3, 2022

Missouri map showing local food sales 2012-2017

In 2020, 147,307 farmers nationwide produced and sold $9 billion of local food — a 3% increase in total sales from 2015. Of these sales, 33% originated from direct-to-consumer transactions, 21% from retailers and 46% from institutions and intermediaries. The majority (57%) of U.S. farms marketing local food directly to consumers operated in metropolitan counties. Roughly four in five farms making direct sales sold all their food within 100 miles of their farms.

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