(December 23, 2015) -- Like me, I'm sure you are extremely busy getting in the last bit of shopping and going to parties and lunches with friends, co-workers, and others. However, as we approach Christmas, let's not lose sight of all the calming goodness of the season. Please be safe and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Holiday Season Brings Some Good News for Missouri
The holiday season in Missouri has brought with it the gift of good news. Missouri recently learned that there are positive trends for both the state's system of education and the economy.
The state learned that Missouri's high school graduation rate is now one of the best in the nation. According to U.S. Department of Education data, Missouri now has a 4-year graduation rate of 87.3 percent, which is an increase from the previous year's rate of 85.7 percent. The percentage ranks Missouri in the top 10 in the nation, and significantly ahead of the national average of 82.3 percent. Also of note is that Missouri's graduation rate surpasses the national average for all racial and ethnic groups.
On the economic front, the Missouri Department of Economic Development released the state's most recent unemployment data. Missouri's unemployment rate fell by three-tenths of a percent in November, and now stands at 4.7 percent. The current level of unemployment in Missouri is lower than the national average of 5 percent, and the lowest the state has seen since April 2006.
What Is Christmas All About?
Luke, chapter 2, verses 8 through 14 reads:
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men."
It is an honor to serve the 51st District in the Missouri House of Representatives. Each week I will issue a capitol report to keep you informed of activities in Jefferson City. Any concerns or issues you might have are of great interest to me. I look forward to your input and thoughts, so please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to improve our state government and the quality of life for all Missourians. My telephone number is 573-751-2204 or you may contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for working with me to make Missouri a great place to live