The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) and Kemin Industries announced that Kemin will expand its production facility in Verona, Mo. The 5-year expansion plan includes a more than $14 million capital investment and is expected to create 24 new jobs. The expansion will allow increased production capacity of the existing facility that manufactures meat Read More
A groundbreaking program to put Missouri students on a fast-track to jobs in high-demand fields, without taking on debt, took a big step forward in Joplin today, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. The Governor joined representatives of the Joplin Innovation Campus, including Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, Joplin Schools and the Joplin Area Chamber of Read More
Joplin’s growth in restaurant establishments is one of several drivers of lower unemployment in the metro area. KOAM-TV interviewed Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board for insights into the hospitality sector and what career opportunities might be available. The Joplin Metro (Jasper and Newton Counties combined) experienced a drop in unemployment from 6.0% in Read More
A new pilot program through VOICES helps youth earn a paycheck while pursuing their High School Equivalency (HSE, formally known as GED). Scholars at Work overcomes one of the greatest challenges youth face in meeting a career goal – how to pay the bills while taking time off for school. Through stipends to take care Read More
Employers in the Southwest Missouri/Joplin region often site soft skills as the largest gap that prevent applicants from landing and staying on the job. A new online video learning series from the U.S. Department of Labor is helpful for both youth and adult jobseekers alike. Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success videos Read More
The New Year rings in a small increase in Missouri’s minimum wage. Effective January 1st, $7.50/hour is Missouri’s official minimum. KOAM-TV’s Liz Holliday probed the potential impact to local workers and the Show-Me State’s economy in a feature that aired Wednesday night on channels 7 and 14.
One of the benefits of the workplace readiness system is the opportunity for individuals to improve their skills and seek higher scores in future Workeys tests. Registration for retesting in the Joplin area just got easier. First time test takers can do so at no charge by visiting the job centers in Joplin or Monett. Read More
KOAM-TV’s Rudy Harper profiled the local impact of the fed’s expiration of extended unemployment benefits. As the lead story on KOAM’s 10:00 news, Harper interviewed Jasen Jones of the Workforce Investment Board on impact and advice for job seekers. Harper also interviewed a recipient of the benefits. Specialists at the American Job Center in Joplin Read More