Average wages increased in the St. Louis area.
Across St. Louis County, the average weekly wage climbed 1.3 percent to $924 last year.
The number of employees remained steady at 569,000 in the county.
In St. Charles County, the average weekly wage nudged up 0.3 percent to $710.
The number of employees in the county increased 2.1 percent to 125,000.
Jefferson County was not included in the research.
The average weekly wage for employees across Missouri increased 1.6 percent to $774 last year, compared to an increase in the average weekly wage of 3 percent to $891 across the country.
St. Louis Fed reports economic growth
The overall economy in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis district expanded at a "modest pace," according to the latest summary commonly referred to as the Beige Book.
Several manufacturers plan to open plants and expand operations in the Eighth District.
Business leaders in distribution, consulting, and health services also reported plans to expand operations and hire new workers, according to the anecdotal information, which is gathered by each of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank districts across the country and published eight times a year.
Commercial and industrial real estate activitiy was also slow, according to the St. Louis Fed.
Contacts in St. Louis reported continued limited construction.
Will the real estate sector turn around?