Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Missouri 3.5% -0.3 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 298,523. There are now 193,044 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 105,479 -10,680 -37,996

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to October 2017

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
October 2017 4.1% 3.5% 105,479
September 2017 4.2% 3.8% 116,159
August 2017 4.4% 3.9% 120,183
July 2017 4.3% 3.8% 117,061
June 2017 4.4% 3.8% 117,315
May 2017 4.3% 3.9% 120,315
April 2017 4.4% 3.9% 119,087
March 2017 4.5% 3.9% 121,566
February 2017 4.7% 4.1% 128,247
January 2017 4.8% 4.2% 131,707
December 2016 4.7% 4.4% 137,545
November 2016 4.6% 4.5% 140,666