JEFFERSON CITY– Missouri's unemployment rate moved down in September, according to data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). Missouri's unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent, down by a tenth of a point from the August figure on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The rate of 8.7 is the lowest state unemployment rate since February 2009.
By comparison, the U.S. unemployment seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent for September.
Missouri nonfarm payroll employment fell in September, with losses concentrated in retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services and government. Losses were partly offset by increases in other industries, the largest being 3,300 in health care and social assistance. Overall, employment in the state decreased by 4,000 jobs in September.
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St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment