Independence, MO – January 2024 Job Market Report – Job growth remains robust

The January 2024 job market report for Independence, MO, indicates continued economic strength. The unemployment rate held steady at a low 3.2%, and job growth remained positive.


  • The unemployment rate remained unchanged from December 2023.
  • Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 500 jobs in January, following an increase of 400 in December 2023.
  • Trade, transportation, and warehousing led job gains, adding 200 positions, followed by professional and business services (+150).
  • Leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing both shed a small number of jobs in January.

Industry and Occupational Trends

Job growth:

Job losses:

Comparison to previous periods

  • Compared to January 2023, Independence’s unemployment rate is down 0.7 percentage points.
  • Job growth in January 2024 surpassed January 2023, which saw an increase of 300 jobs.

Future outlook

The Independence job market is expected to see continued growth in 2024, driven by sectors like healthcare, professional services, and trade.

10 Growing occupations in Independence, MO (according to

  1. Registered nurses
  2. Customer service representatives
  3. Retail salespersons
  4. Software developers, applications
  5. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer
  6. Licensed practical nurses
  7. Management analysts
  8. Elementary school teachers, except special education
  9. Marketing specialists
  10. Medical and health services managers

10 Companies hiring now in Independence, MO:

  1. General Motors
  2. Truman Medical Centers
  3. Saint Luke’s Health System
  4. Independence Public Schools
  5. Walmart
  6. Lowe’s
  7. Amazon
  8. Home Depot
  9. Menards
  10. CVS Health