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Download the 2022 Show Me Jobs Report

Updated August 11, 2022

The COVID-19 crisis and the emergency measures taken to slow its spread continue to impact Missouri's entrepreneurs and small business owners. And yet historically, we know that Missouri startups are vital to our economy.

From 2017 to 2021, new and young businesses with fewer than 20 employees created 187,430 jobs, accounting for 81% of all new jobs in the state.

In addition, the pandemic spurred startups across Missouri: Missouri created 18,234 startup firms in 2021, up from 16,287 in 2020.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development calls small businesses and startup firms the “engines that keep Missouri moving forward."

Continuing to show our support of these job creators will help pave a path through economic recovery for our rural and our urban communities. 

Show Me Jobs: The Impact of Missouri Startups

Missouri startups, defined in Show Me Jobs as first-time employers with fewer than 20 employees, create jobs. 

MOSourceLink’s Show Me Jobs report quantifies the impact of new and young firms to Missouri’s economy. The report also provides year-to-year comparison data regarding job creation by new and young firms, wage growth and the industrial density of startups.

Download to find out:

  • How many new jobs were created by Missouri's first-time employers from 2017 through 2021?
  • What is the economic impact of Missouri's startups?
  • How many new jobs did tech firms create in Missouri from 2017 to 2021?
  • How many startups firms are in Missouri?
  • Where are these startups located?
  • How much do startup and tech firms pay? And how does that compare to Missouri's average wage? (Are these good jobs?)

Entrepreneurship Matters

Missouri startups created nearly 81% of all new jobs in Missouri over the past five year. Download MOSourceLink’s Show Me Jobs to see the number of jobs they created from 2017 to 2021, where they created them, how startup (and tech) wages compared to the state average and where startup industries are clustered.  

Have questions or comments about the Show Me Jobs report or need help hiring your first employee? Contact us at 866-870-6500 or at

MOSourceLInk and the Show Me Jobs Report is generously supported by the Missouri Technology Corporation. 

Download the full and newly updated Show Me Jobs report to see data about the economic impact of Missouri's' startups through 2021:

  • geographic density of startups
  • industrial density of startups
  • job creation by tech sector
  • wage growth of startups
  • wage growth of tech startups