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MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University has been ranked among Missouri’s best employers in a recent survey conducted by Forbes and Statista, a market research company.

Forbes partnered with Statista to pinpoint organizations liked best by workers in its inaugural list of America’s Best-in-State Employers.

In Missouri, the survey places Northwest third among higher education institutions behind Saint Louis University and Saint Louis Community College.

Listed 49th overall statewide, Northwest ranked ahead of such companies as Amazon, Hilton, Deloitte, PetSmart and Bank of America.

“Northwest has a special culture, and it is always good to be validated by other sources,” said Northwest President John Jasinski.

“We are proud of our faculty and staff, their diligent focus on uplifting student success, supporting and growing communities and instilling our brand of profession-based learning.”

To determine each state’s best employers, Statista surveyed 50,000 workers at businesses with 500 or more employees.

The anonymous survey allowed participants to share opinions about their workplace and asked them to rate on a scale of zero to 10 how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others.

It ranked employers receiving the greatest number of recommendations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Northwest, which has just under 700 employees, is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its Maryville campus and a learning center in Kansas City. Several programs and courses are delivered online.

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