Work Force Development


Free Webinar on COVID-19 Hiring Guidelines

Free Webinar on COVID-19 Hiring  Guidelines            Employers looking to hire quickly during the current COVID-19 pandemic will need to pay attention to special guidelines coming from federal regulators. To help them navigate those rules, an Overland… more

Parson Relaxes Jobless-Claims Processes

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has announced a series of steps to assist businesses and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including an adjustments to the state’s unemployment insurance program that will allow displaced workers to quickly access assistance, and reduce… more

Mayor Lucas Issues State of Emergency

Mayor Quinton Lucas has issued a State of Emergency in Kansas City that will last for an initial 21 days in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. One of the main conditions of the order issued prohibits… more

U.S. Job Report Strong Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The global coronavirus outbreak hasn't hurt the strong U.S. labor market ... yet. Unemployment in February dropped slightly, to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, national payrolls rose by 273,000… more

Kansas’ Biggest and Costliest Export? Its Talent.

Kansas is great at educating its young people and getting them prepared for the work force. But when they leave for other states, Kansas employers are stuck looking for talent. "Our most valuable export is our educated kids to companies… more

UBS: ‘Proceed With Caution’ In This Economy

No, there isn't a sure sign of a recession hitting the U.S. economy any time in the near future, but investors should be aware that there are some elements in place that could create a slight downturn, or at least… more

Next Step For Hyperloop: 12-Mile Missouri Track Site

The Virgin Hyperloop One, which will be able to take passengers from Kansas City to St. Louis in 30 minutes, according to the company behind it, needs a 12-to-15-mile test track in Missouri for the new form of transportation to… more

KC Area Leads Kansas Job Growth

Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area led the rest of the state in job growth over the past year, according to the recently released Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) 2019 Kansas Economic Report. Total employment in the area,… more

A Missouri Economic Development Overhaul

When the state launched the Best in Midwest initiative last year, it had found that compared to 14 regional peer states, Missouri ranked near the bottom in several key economic and community development categories, such as new jobs created and… more

Agriculture Must Look Off the Farm for Workforce Talent

There are more available jobs than there are required people to fill them in the United States, and the agriculture industry is at the extreme end of that scale. Only 60 percent of professional job listings in agriculture are filled… more