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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.3 percentage points in June 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Missouri 3.8% -0.1 -0.9
St Louis 3.9% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2017 data as July metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: St Louis, Missouri, National

St Louis, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

St Louis, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 148,295. There are now 91,990 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,188 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 117. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 56,305 -5,371 -11,779

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
July
2017
4.3% 3.8%
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.9% 56,305
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.2% 61,676
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.1% 59,777
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.8% 56,188
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.1% 60,808
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.3% 62,921
December
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 63,828
November
2016
4.6% 4.5% 4.4% 64,717
October
2016
4.8% 4.6% 4.6% 68,211
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.8% 71,311
August
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.8% 71,253

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.