Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Missouri peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Missouri 5.1% -0.1 +0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 298,523. There are now 139,538 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 131,835 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 27,150. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 158,985 -2,242 +17,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to October 2016

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.1% 158,985
September 2016 5.0% 5.2% 161,227
August 2016 4.9% 5.1% 157,920
July 2016 4.9% 4.7% 148,107
June 2016 4.9% 4.5% 139,993
May 2016 4.7% 4.3% 135,063
April 2016 5.0% 4.3% 136,052
March 2016 5.0% 4.2% 132,070
February 2016 4.9% 4.2% 131,835
January 2016 4.9% 4.2% 133,197
December 2015 5.0% 4.4% 137,187