Continuing on a path of modest yet steady economic growth, St. Louis consistently exhibits strong activity in key sectors such as hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 3.6% unemployment rate in the metro area as of July, slightly below the national average of 3.8%, alongside a 2.0% employment uptick over the past year, adding 27,600 jobs. Notably, the leisure and hospitality sector led with a significant 7.9% growth, equating to 11,800 new positions, while the education and health services sector saw a 3.1% increase, contributing an additional 8,100 roles. The affordable cost of living coupled with a vibrant job market makes St. Louis an attractive location for both businesses and residents. The city was recently recognized as one of the top places to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and serves as the headquarters for several Fortune 500 companies, including industry giants like Emerson Electric, and Anheuser-Busch InBev.