Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri rose 0.4 percentage points in August 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 August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Missouri 5.1% +0.4 +0.4

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 140,572 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 131,835 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26,116. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 157,951 +9,844 +11,162

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.1% 157,951
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
November 2015 5.0% 4.4% 138,911
October 2015 5.0% 4.5% 141,142
September 2015 5.1% 4.6% 143,723