Vandalia’s labor pool encompasses Audrain, Marion, Montgomery, Pike & Ralls Counties in Central Missouri which provides a civilian labor force of over 49,000 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
2017 Force (2019) Wage (2017) Rate (April 2019)
Audrain County 25,641 10,520 35,010 2.8%
Marion County 28,634 14,278 36,065 2.9%
Montgomery County 11,438 5,719 33,295 2.8%
Pike County 18,567 7,462 31,732 3.2%
Ralls County 10,224 5,591 43,976 2.9%
Missouri Unemployment Rate: April 2019 -
Major Area Employers
WERDCC…………………Women’s Correctional Facility County Market……………..Grocery Store
Target Windows and Doors………Manufacturer of Windows and Doors
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 of the same manner.
Also located in Mexico, MO is the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC offers two-