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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.8%. 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 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Missouri 3.9% +0.1 -0.9
St Louis 3.8% +0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 92,983 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 53,142 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,170. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 55,312 +2,170 -15,941

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.8%
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.8% 55,312
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.6% 53,142
June
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.9% 56,162
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.2% 61,676
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.1% 59,777
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 3.8% 56,188
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.1% 60,808
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.3% 62,921
December
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 63,828
November
2016
4.6% 4.5% 4.4% 64,717
October
2016
4.8% 4.6% 4.6% 68,211

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.