As the nation saw a crisis in the economy, real estate, employment, and more in the past few years, the rebuilding efforts have been steady and slow to strengthen communities creating an overall strong country. Employment has been a big area where St Louis has grown. The region as a whole remains about 50,000 jobs, or 4 percent, below its pre-recession peak of 1,358,000 in 2007. A recent report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors predicted it’ll take another two or three years to build back what was lost here. But some sectors have weathered the last seven years far better than others.
Health care, which never shrank, has packed on 28,000 jobs since 2007. After dips in the worst of the recession, employment in education and finance here has climbed to all-time highs. Lower wage sectors, such as retail trade and hospitality, have rebounded lately. The St Louis movers have found all news isn’t good news, however, as jobs in manufacturing and construction are still down 19 and 30 percent. As a whole, the city is doing less manufacturing, so the jobs aren’t likely to be reinstated.