Department of Numbers

St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Missouri 5.8% +0.1 -0.3
St Louis 5.8% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2015 data as June 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 63,634 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 79,628 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,033.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 84,661 +139 -9,284

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 5.8%
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.8% 84,661
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.5% 5.5% 80,456
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.6% 81,344
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.7% 82,464
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 5.7% 83,422
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 5.9% 85,506
August
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.1% 88,564
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 6.2% 90,643

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.