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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2016 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in December 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 April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 4.3% +0.1 -0.9
St Louis 4.9% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 74,468 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 68,947 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,880. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 73,827 +2,919 -7,239

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 4.3%
April
2016
5.0% 4.3% 4.9% 73,827
March
2016
5.0% 4.2% 4.7% 70,908
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.7% 70,328
January
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.7% 70,121
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 68,947
November
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.7% 70,256
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.8% 70,751
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.7% 70,152
August
2015
5.1% 4.7% 4.8% 70,933
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.0% 73,323
June
2015
5.3% 5.0% 5.1% 76,169

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.