Department of Numbers

St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 -1.0
St Louis 4.7% -0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 78,425 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 69,870 -3,887 -11,474

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.7% 69,870
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.0% 73,757
October
2015
5.0% 5.0% 5.0% 73,585
September
2015
5.1% 5.3% 4.9% 71,566
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.0% 72,845
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.3% 78,002
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.4% 79,390
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.8% 84,685
April
2015
5.4% 5.7% 5.8% 84,522
March
2015
5.5% 5.6% 5.6% 81,539
February
2015
5.5% 5.5% 5.5% 79,628

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.