Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Missouri peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Missouri 4.2% +0.1 -5.4

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in April 2020 at 373,519. There are now 244,749 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 126,946 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,824. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 128,770 +1,824 -150,135

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to May 2021

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.2% 128,770
April 2021 6.1% 4.1% 126,946
March 2021 6.0% 4.2% 128,061
February 2021 6.2% 4.3% 132,538
January 2021 6.3% 4.3% 130,549
December 2020 6.7% 4.4% 135,112
November 2020 6.7% 4.7% 142,939
October 2020 6.9% 5.0% 152,428
September 2020 7.8% 5.4% 165,932
August 2020 8.4% 6.0% 185,023
July 2020 10.2% 6.8% 210,528