Farmington has always enjoyed a stable economic environment, even in the face of the surrounding lead mining industry’s failure in the early 1970s. The city’s location is ideal with downtown St. Louis reachable in just over a one-hour drive. Accessible transportation also plays a role in Farmington’s economic success with nearby major highways, along with the Farmington Regional Airport and the use of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Local business, comprised of everything from independently-owned shops and major retailers – including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, JC Penney and Menards – to progressive manufacturers – such as U.S. Tool Group, SRG Global, Piramal Glass and Forte Products – continues to diversify, making Farmington an appealing site for relocation or expansion.
Its location within St. Francois County – with a labor force that exceeds 30,000 – enables Farmington to pull in available labor from its surrounding counties, including Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Ste. Genevieve and Washington. In total, the labor pool in this region of Missouri reaches 280,000 – a number that continues to grow each year.
Continuing Education and Training
Farmington’s substantial workforce is aided by local educational institutions that place emphasis on turning around life-long learners and hard workers who encompass the necessary skills needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced society.
Mineral Area College is equipped with courses and programs designed for students looking for employment skills in a variety of fields and employees and businesses seeking training opportunities. MAC also offers a Customized Training Program, the New Jobs Training Program, workshops, seminars and the Career Planning Center, which offers career information and guidance.
Available Work Force
The City of Farmington is located in St. Francois County and pulls available labor from various surrounding counties.
Labor Pool Education Level
With over 109,000 workers in South East Missouri Region and over 30,000 in St. Francois the labor market draw is a strong point of difference among other areas in the state of Missouri. In fact, St. Francois substantial number of skilled employees exceeds the entire populations of many surrounding area in the states of Missouri. Workers support a wide range of industries in the state with their diverse skill sets, while earning average wages significantly lower than the national average ($24,757.00 -St. Francois County).
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|US Tool Group||250|
|Botkin Lumber CO||50|
|Forte Product Solutions||67|
|Midwest Textiles & Supplies||25|
|Ozark Steel Fabrications Inc.||60|
|Centene Management Corporation||750|
|Spire (formerly Missouri Natural Gas)||100|
|Big River Communications||40|
|BJC Behavioral Health Center||700|
|Parkland Health Center||580|
|St. Francois Health Center/Physicians’ Associates|
|First State Community Bank||750|
|New Era Bank||20|
|Ozark Federal Savings & Loan||30|
|Farmington Presbyterian Manor||150|
|Wal-Mart Super Center||475|
|Lowes Department Store||107|
|J.C. Penney Company, Inc.||112|
|City Of Farmington||150|
|Farmington R-VII School District||600|
|Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center||910|
|Farmington Correctional Center||1200|