Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2015 to 5.5%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.7% +0.1 -0.9
Missouri 5.5% +0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 129,135 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 166,963 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,425. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 169,388 +2,425 -24,103

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5%
January 2015 5.7% 5.5% 169,388
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