JEFFERSON CITY– Missouri's unemployment rate decreased in June, according to data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). Missouri's rate dropped to 8.8 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis. For comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate for June stood at 9.2 percent.
Missouri nonfarm payroll employment fell in June, with the Joplin area alone losing 9,400 jobs in the first full month of calculating figures following the city's May 22 tornado. Other weather-related events such as severe flooding in southern and northwest Missouri and tornados in the St. Louis and Sedalia areas also were factored into the state's overall employment numbers, which saw a total decrease of 12,900 for the month. The impact of the state's recent natural disasters resulted in 15,338 Missouri households applying for individual disaster assistance.
Elsewhere among Missouri's other metro areas, Kansas City had the largest decrease for the month (-9,200), while Springfield saw the largest gain (+1,600).
Contact: John Fougere, (573) 522-5058
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment