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State Unemployment Rate

May  2017  - 4.1%

Audrain County - 3.7%

Labor

Vandalia’s labor pool encompasses Audrain, Marion, Montgomery, Pike and Ralls Counties in Central Missouri which provides a civilian labor force of over 47,000 capable employees. Our workforce has a strong mid west work ethic, sense of self reliance and prides itself with a “Can Do” attitude. We are able to ensure that employer’s needs are being met through our local educational institutions which include Pike Lincoln Technical Center, Moberly Area Community College and the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

 Area              Population        Civilian Work      County Avg.        Unemployment

                          2016             Force (2017)      Wage (2016)       Rate (May 2017)

Audrain County     20,096                      11,007                     36,391                       3.7%

Marion County      28,880                       14,235                    36,477                       4.0%           

Montgomery          11,703                         5,612                    33,031                       3.6%

County

Pike County          18,348                         7,914                     31,168                       3.8%

Ralls County         10,196                         5,468                     35,733                       3.4%

Follow these links to MERIC (Missouri Economic Research and Information Center) for the latest information Unemployment and Population and County Average Wages.


Major Area Employers

. WERDCC …………………………………….….   Women’s Correctional Facility

  Harbison-Walker Refractories  …………………   Brick Manufacturing Plant

  Tri-County Care Center………………………….   Nursing Home Facility

  Van-Far R-1 School District……………………..   School District (K-12)

  County Market…………………………………….   Grocery Store

  Target Windows and Doors……………………..   Manufacturer of windows and doors

  City of Vandalia……………………………………  Municipal Government  

Education

Van-Far R-1 School serves Vandalia and nearby Farber as the local school district with both a K-6th grade school and 7th - 12th grade complex located on the west edge of Vandalia. A new science wing and upgraded agricultural classroom/shop were just completed prior to opening day of 2007 classes. Van-Far offers technical and college prep curriculum to prepare students for life after graduation. Some students attend nearby Davis Hart Mexico Area Vocational School for training in industry trades. Several students take advantage of the dual-credit courses offered through nearby colleges. In 2006, Van-Far School gained A+ designation, and the first graduates to benefit from the program graduated in the spring  of 2010.

The Van- Far School system has been both aggressive and successful in providing education for the area. It is possible that training needs could be addressed right here at the High School. Officials with the Van-Far system will work hard to provide your training. The school system has over 40 employees providing education outside of the traditional school buildings. Additionally, through an agreement with Moberly Area Community College, our high school students can receive dual credit (college and high school) for certain courses.

In addition, Vandalia is fortunate to be centrally located with respect to several technical centers. The Davis Hart Mexico Area Vocational Technical School is located just 27 miles from Vandalia and the Pike Lincoln Technical Center in Eolia is within 30 miles. Both of these facilities offer many technical programs and are willing to work with local employers on training customized to meet the needs of the company. This includes the possibility of doing training and holding classes right in the company’s facility. The Pike Lincoln Technical Center often partners with St. Charles Community College to provide certain types of training or meet customized training needs. The Davis Hart Mexico Area Vocational Technical School often works with Linn State Technical College in much the same manner.

Also located in Mexico, MO is the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC offers two-year associate degrees and specialty technical certificates. The Center is a partnership between Linn State Technical College and the Moberly Area Community College. They do customized training, plus offer evening classes. On-Site training is also possible.

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 Kansas City Southern Railroad                                           Pike County Development Authority

 Location One Information System                                      Small Business Administration

 Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments                 US Department of Agriculture

 Missouri Department of Economic Development              Windstream Communications

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