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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 0.0
St Louis 4.3% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 83,325 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 64,437 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 533. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 64,970 +533 -3,977

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 64,970
November
2016
4.6% 4.7% 4.3% 64,437
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.7% 71,275
September
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.0% 75,064
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 73,716
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.6% 69,117
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 68,666
May
2016
4.7% 4.3% 4.5% 68,272
April
2016
5.0% 4.3% 4.9% 73,777
March
2016
5.0% 4.2% 4.7% 70,908
February
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.7% 70,328

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.