Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Missouri peaked in January 2010 at 9.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Missouri 3.3% 0.0 +0.1

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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in February 2010 at 298,314. There are now 196,993 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 90,979 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,342. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 101,321 -83 +3,739

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to May 2019

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
June 2019 3.7%
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 101,321
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 101,404
March 2019 3.8% 3.3% 101,679
February 2019 3.8% 3.2% 98,742
January 2019 4.0% 3.2% 97,370
December 2018 3.9% 3.1% 94,247
November 2018 3.7% 3.1% 93,793
October 2018 3.8% 3.0% 92,572
September 2018 3.7% 3.0% 91,277
August 2018 3.8% 3.0% 90,979
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 92,093