Pulaski County and the Fort Leonard Wood area have a diverse work force that is unique for Missouri.  The County and the other six counties (Camden, Laclede, Maries,   Phelps, and Texas counties) comprising the Fort Leonard Wood Area has the following features:

  • The seven county Fort Leonard Wood area labor force is close to 110,000 and currently represents 11,000 individuals currently unemployed.
  • The number of available workers far exceeds 11,000. Up to three times that number are believed to be actively seeking work to better their situations.
  • 40 % of those employed are working in jobs not sufficiently leveraging their talents and experience.
  • There are many individuals seeking more advanced positions in computer and engineering fields, such as Operations Engineers, Industrial Engineering Technicians, Computer Support Specialists and System Analysis.
  • The three Fort Leonard Wood Schools, Engineer, Military Police and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) graduate more than 50,000 highly trained individuals per year.
  • There are according to Fort Wood officials about 1,300 military retirees that reside in the broader 13 county area, two-thirds of which reside in Pulaski County and 80 % in Laclede, Phelps, and Pulaski County combined. The retiree term is a misnomer, because the average age of these individuals is 51 and they are ready to start a civilian career.
  • Also, there are about 4,000 spouses of active military personnel that reside in the area and at least 60% are interested in full-time employment.
  • The area has a plethora of higher educational and training institutions. Its centerpiece is the Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the nation’s top rated research and engineering schools.
  • The area has three technical training institutions, extended study opportunities with community colleges and liberal arts colleges. 


Pulaski County Average Wage

All Industries: Public and Private      $14,88 per hour and $30,941 annually
Provate Industrry only   $11.11 per hour and $23,101 annually


Pulaski County Major Employers

Department of Defense Civilian      3,843
Department of Defense   3,276
Waynesville RIV School District   700
Army & Air Force Exchange   482
Wal-Mart   397
Federal Civil Service (Non-DoD)   181
Piney Ridge   135