For 2018, the survey and report focused on three industry sectors that are of critical importance to our economy. Information Technology is represented by Technology-Intensive Services, employing more than 140,000 workers in the region, many of whom utilize information technology skills in their work. Average wages exceed $90,000. Financial Services has become an important factor in the changing profile of the economy with first- and second-tier corporate locations established in St. Louis. Health Care – with nearly 165,000 employees – provided a crucial employment lifeline during the difficult recession years and continues to grow to serve an aging population. More than half of the job postings for health care are for middle-skill jobs. The 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report reflects a growing local economy but with a constricted labor market supply due to low unemployment, an aging workforce and static labor force participation that may eventually constrain future growth.