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Labor Economist

  • Labor Economist
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$45,052.00 – $71,727.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,877.00 – $2,989.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is highly technical professional work in the research, analysis, and utilization of data affecting economic planning and economic development within the State.

The employee in this class provides technical advice and assistance to the management of the Division of Employment Security on the economic aspects of employment, unemployment, training, and interpreting the economic implications of labor market conditions. Work includes the development of a set of economic assumptions for the "planning year" for the Missouri labor market. This employee assists local labor market analysts in developing, basic economic assumptions for their areas and in structuring and writing their analyses. Supervision is received from an administrative superior who delineates the scope and objectives of assignments and reviews completed reports for adequacy and soundness.

Job Duties

Designs and maintains a historical information base sufficient to facilitate economic surveillance and analysis of Missouri labor market.

Assimilates national economic intelligence and interprets its significance to the state labor market, each Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, and each Comprehensive Employment and Training Act prime sponsor jurisdiction.

Identifies, develops and applies available information for economic study analysis in the Missouri labor market.

Cooperates with top economists in the state, exchanging information which is vital to the development of Missouri and its political subdivisions.

Supervises a special unit providing continuous liaison with the Division of Commerce and Industrial Development and the Office of Administration to assist them in Missouri's economic development efforts.

Represents the Division, as directed, in fulfilling speaking engagements and participating in conferences relating to economic analysis and/or industrial development.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Four years of responsible professional work in the area of applied economic analysis; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major specialization in economics or in a closely related field. (Graduate education in economics may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the work experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

 Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of applied economic analysis.

Extensive knowledge of the factors affecting population, business and industrial growth.

Considerable knowledge of research methods and techniques, and of the sources and availability of economic information.

Considerable knowledge of statistical methods and formulae and their application to the analysis and evaluation of economic data.

Ability to analyze complex statistical data, and to present clearly, conclusions in written and graphic form.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, outside agency personnel, and the public.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

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