McCaskill touts jobs in southeast Missouri

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was in the Heartland Monday on what she calls her Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Tour.

She toured Sabreliner in Perryville Monday morning.

As the world markets reacted negatively to Friday's unprecedented downgrade of the U.S. by ratings agency Standard and Poor's, the Dow Jones has spent much of the day down 300 or more points.

McCaskill said job growth is still possible, despite the downturn in the market.

"Frankly, our market's been doing great for the past three years and our jobs haven't been doing great," McCaskill (D-Missouri) said.  "So the market doesn't necessarily dictate job growth.  I think the important thing is for people to remain confident about who we are as a country, that we're going to pay our bills and that we're still going to be more innovative and have a better work ethic than other countries and be able to compete globally."

McCaskill planned to hold meetings with businesses in Perryville, Procter & Gamble in Jackson, Alan Wire Company in Sikeston, Trinity Products in O'Fallon; Bodine Aluminum in Troy; ABB in St. Louis; and Dow Kokam in Lee's Summit throughout the week.

Manufacturing contributes more than $30.1 billion to Missouri's economy and employs more than 300,000 workers across the state, according to the most recent statistics available from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.