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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Missouri 6.4% +0.4 -0.3
St Louis 7.2% +0.3 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 January 2010 at 148,282. There are now 47,003 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 95,319 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,960.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 101,279 +4,609 -4,213

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 7.2% 101,279
January
2014
6.6% 6.0% 6.9% 96,670
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 6.8% 95,319
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 6.8% 95,651
October
2013
7.2% 6.3% 7.0% 97,456
September
2013
7.2% 6.4% 7.2% 101,102
August
2013
7.2% 6.6% 7.4% 103,849
July
2013
7.3% 6.8% 7.4% 105,072
June
2013
7.5% 6.8% 7.4% 104,705
May
2013
7.5% 6.7% 7.4% 104,965
April
2013
7.5% 6.6% 7.4% 104,796
March
2013
7.5% 6.6% 7.4% 105,314

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.