Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Missouri 4.2% 0.0 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 166,220 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 131,835 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 468. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 132,303 +468 -30,911

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 4.2% 132,303
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
August 2015 5.1% 4.7% 146,789
July 2015 5.3% 4.8% 150,391
June 2015 5.3% 5.0% 154,211
May 2015 5.5% 5.1% 157,789
April 2015 5.4% 5.2% 160,894