Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Missouri peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Missouri 5.4% -0.1 -0.9

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 298,523. There are now 131,560 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 166,963 -1,162 -24,675

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to December 2014

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5%
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 5.4% 166,963
November 2014 5.8% 5.5% 168,125
October 2014 5.7% 5.5% 170,034
September 2014 5.9% 5.6% 172,387
August 2014 6.1% 5.7% 175,153
July 2014 6.2% 5.8% 178,477
June 2014 6.1% 6.0% 182,659
May 2014 6.3% 6.1% 187,227
April 2014 6.2% 6.3% 191,198
March 2014 6.6% 6.4% 193,765