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Funeral: Career and Education Opportunities in Missouri

Funeral: Funeral home staff attend to people during some of the most troubling times of their lives. Making sure the experience is as smooth and painless as possible, their job is to bring calm to a difficult time.

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Missouri has a population of 5,987,580, which has grown by 7.01% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Show Me State," its capital is Jefferson City, though its largest city is Kansas City. In 2008, there were a total of 3,672,794 jobs in Missouri. The average annual income was $36,356 in 2008, up from $35,120 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Missouri was 9.3% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Roughly 21.6% of Missouri residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Missouri include stationery supplies merchant wholesalers, specialized freight trucking, and electrical apparatus, wiring supplies, and related equipment merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Kansas City Missouri City, the Crown Center Complex, and the Black Archives of Mid.


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