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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2016, 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 October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Missouri 5.1% -0.1 +0.6
St Louis 4.7% -0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 76,815 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 68,272 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,208. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 71,480 -3,584 +729

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.7% 71,480
September
2016
5.0% 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
January
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.7% 70,121
December
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.6% 68,947

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.