Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.4%. 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 5.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 -1.0

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 298,523. There are now 159,699 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 138,824 -6,939 -28,139

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to December 2015

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.4% 138,824
November 2015 5.0% 4.7% 145,763
October 2015 5.0% 5.0% 153,579
September 2015 5.1% 5.3% 161,267
August 2015 5.1% 5.6% 171,369
July 2015 5.3% 5.8% 179,036
June 2015 5.3% 5.8% 179,546
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 181,516
April 2015 5.4% 5.7% 178,133
March 2015 5.5% 5.6% 174,143
February 2015 5.5% 5.5% 171,909