St. Charles County’s highly skilled and well-educated workforce is the most sought-after labor pool in the St. Louis region!
That’s not just hyperbole --- it’s a fact proven by the community having the lowest monthly unemployment rates for decades of any part of the St. Louis MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
For instance, St. Charles County’s annual average unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for 2019 was 2.5%. That’s below the 2019 seasonally adjusted annual average rates for the St. Louis MO-IL MSA (3.4%), Missouri (3.2%) and the U.S. (3.7%).
The 2019 annual average of the total labor force in St. Charles County was 225,731, an increase of 10% from 2010. Residents were predominantly in white collar positions (69.3%) compared to blue collar (30.7%), although approximately 62% of them commute daily outside St. Charles County to jobs elsewhere in the region.
When it comes to educational attainment, 2019 estimates show nearly 46% of the population in St. Charles County has an associate degree or higher. Levels of educational attainment are increasing across the board. For instance, those with bachelor’s degrees totaled 18.5% in 2000. By 2019, that number had climbed to 24%.
Efforts throughout the community to encourage post-secondary education, including certifications and apprenticeships, have been underway for years in St. Charles County in partnership with regional and state efforts.
In 2018, the five public school districts in the community partnered to successfully launch a high school internship program known as CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies). It’s part of a national effort to put high school students into real-world settings to help them better decide their career and educational futures. It also plants seeds of opportunities for astute business owners.
The goal of all these efforts and others are to continuously improve and grow the skilled workforce and talent pipeline available to employers in St. Charles County, Missouri.