Jobs Report

DED releases October jobs report

November 15, 2018

In the history of the data set, the only other time the state’s unemployment dropped this low was from October 1999 to January 2000. The unemployment data series goes back to 1976.

The jobless rate has decreased by a tenth of a point in each of the past five months and is now half a point lower than it was in October 2017. Missouri’s rate has been below the corresponding national figure for 42 consecutive months.

The state’s non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 2.3 percent in October, compared to the U.S. figure of 3.5.

DED releases September jobs report

October 17, 2018

Nonfarm payroll employment in Missouri increased by 3,300 jobs in September, on a seasonally adjusted basis. With an upward revision of 1,800 in the August data, nonfarm payrolls have grown by 6,100 jobs since July.

In September, employment grew in durable goods manufacturing (+2,200); construction (+1,300); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,200); and accommodation and food services (+1,200).

September’s job gains helped push the over-the-year growth figure up to 39,300 for September, an increase of 1.4 percent from year-earlier employment.   

DED releases June 2018 jobs report

July 19, 2018

Employment in Missouri grew by 7,900 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.5 percent.

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment grew by 7,900 jobs in June, on a seasonally adjusted basis.  This followed two months in which there was little reported change in employment.   Since March, employment has grown by 9,500 jobs.

DED releases May jobs report

June 13, 2018

Missouri’s unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent in May, and total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 400 jobs.

Missouri’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been 3.6 percent since March and was 3.7 in May 2017.

The estimated number of employed Missourians was 2,937,194 in May, while the number unemployed was 108,288.  The jobless total has been edging down since January.

DED releases March 2018 Jobs Report

April 18, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Missouri’s unemployment rate edged down to 3.6 percent in March, while payroll employment grew by 3,100 jobs. 

The unemployment rate is down a tenth of a point from February, equaling the rate that prevailed from July through November of 2017. The last time the rate was lower than 3.6 percent was July 2000. 

DED releases December 2017 Jobs Report

January 17, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in December, down 0.9 percent from the previous year.

For comparison, the U.S. seasonally adjusted rate in December was 4.1 percent and the not-seasonally-adjusted rate 3.9. Missouri’s seasonally adjusted rate has been below the comparable national rate for 34 consecutive months.

DED releases November 2017 Jobs Report

December 19, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down another tenth of a point to 3.4 percent in November, while nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,500 jobs, reaching 2,894,400.

The unemployment rate has fallen by 1.1 percentage points over the past year. The last time Missouri’s unemployment rate was lower than 3.4 percent was in May 2000. 

DED releases October 2017 Jobs Report

November 15, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in October, while total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 1,000 jobs, on a seasonally adjusted basis.

This is the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate since July 2000. In October 2016, the rate was 4.6 percent. For comparison, the national rate in October 2017 was 4.1 percent.

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