Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Missouri 5.4% -0.1 -0.9
St Louis 5.9% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 January 2010 at 148,283. There are now 63,475 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 84,808 -1,739 -12,555

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 5.5%
January
2015
5.7% 5.5%
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.9% 84,808
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 6.1% 86,547
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 6.2% 88,753
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 6.5% 92,884
August
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.6% 93,440
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 6.8% 96,618
June
2014
6.1% 6.0% 7.0% 99,349
May
2014
6.3% 6.1% 7.2% 102,156
April
2014
6.2% 6.3% 7.3% 103,718
March
2014
6.6% 6.4% 7.4% 104,621

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.