Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.2%. 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 5.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Missouri 4.2% -0.2 -0.3

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 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 298,523. There are now 166,638 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 131,885 -5,660 -7,866

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to January 2017

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.2% 131,885
December 2016 4.7% 4.4% 137,545
November 2016 4.6% 4.5% 140,666
October 2016 4.8% 4.6% 143,475
September 2016 4.9% 4.7% 146,002
August 2016 4.9% 4.8% 147,641
July 2016 4.9% 4.8% 147,857
June 2016 4.9% 4.7% 146,280
May 2016 4.7% 4.6% 143,414
April 2016 5.0% 4.5% 140,576
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 138,837