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      Missouri ranks 10th in nation when it comes to job growth

      The state of Missouri showed significant job growth in the year 2013, which ranked the state in the top 10 when it comes to economic success.

      Since January 2013, non-farm payroll employment in the Show-Me-State has increased by almost 44,000 jobs, which is more than 41 other states in the nation.

      Missouri employers also added 15,000 jobs in November, which helped to bring the state's unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent, which is the lowest it's been since August 2008.

      Locally, the University of Missouri Extension Office and the Missouri Small Business Development Center in Macon are helping to find jobs for individuals and working to help businesses in the area expand. Experts tell KTVO the expansion of jobs and businesses in the surrounding areas will, in turn, help to better the communities.

      "For the more jobs their are, the better your community will survive. Property taxes will be paid for, schools will be better, businesses will be better and create more income to create more jobs as we continue on with the growth," said Chris Shoemaker, a business development specialist.

      If you're interested in expanding your business, please contact the Missouri Small Business Development Center in Macon for more information.