Missouri’s unemployment rate edged down another tenth of a point to 3.3 percent in August, while nonfarm payroll employment in the state grew by 1,000 jobs. The monthly increase in private-sector employment was 2,700.
State and Regional News
State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released an audit of the Economic Development Advancement Fund (EDAF), which is primarily overseen by the Department of Economic Development (DED). The fund supports an exclusive contract with the Hawthorn Foundation for business development and marketing, but the audit found little oversight or accountability in how taxpayer dollars are spent.
September is the month when gardeners and farmers often say nuisance animals do the most damage. These animals re-surface after the heat of August, and search for food before the winter. Some ask how to identify the specific animal and how to remove it.
U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08) was named a “Hero of Main Street” for consistently supporting small businesses and cutting taxes while serving in Congress. The “Hero of Main Street” Award was presented by the National Retail Federation, which represents the interests of millions of small businesses.
Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08) introduced H.R. 6627, the Rural Jobs Act, which would enhance the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) to spur more investments in rural areas with persistent poverty levels.