Joplin Tops Missouri Small Metros in Advanced Industries Employment
The Joplin Metropolitan Area has the largest presence of advanced industry among Missouri’s small metro areas, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institute.
Among Missouri’s seven small metro areas, Joplin topped the list, with just over 7 percent of all jobs in the area related to the advanced industries sectors defined in the Brookings report. Overall, Joplin ranked 103 out of 280 small metros across the United States in employment in the sectors that include aerospace, auto, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy-oriented industries such as oil and gas extraction and electric power generation, and high-tech service activities such as computer system design, R&D services, software and telecommunications.
“Joplin has a long history in advanced manufacturing with companies involved in aerospace, transportation equipment, electronics and chemicals. But the Brookings study also showed over 1,000 people employed in the tech services sectors and growth in energy as well,” noted Rob O’Brian, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Overall, more than 6,000 people in the Joplin metro area work in advanced industries. In terms of economic output, the advanced industries produce more than $1 billion in goods and services annually, nearly 15 percent of the total area economy.
In the U.S., about 8.5 percent of all jobs are in the advanced industries sector.