Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Missouri peaked in April 2020 at 10.2% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Missouri 4.4% -0.2 +1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Missouri peaked in April 2020 at 308,494. There are now 177,279 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 131,215 -4,766 +24,762

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Missouri from 1990 to November 2020

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.4% 131,215
October 2020 6.9% 4.6% 135,981
September 2020 7.8% 4.8% 143,812
August 2020 8.4% 7.0% 214,396
July 2020 10.2% 6.9% 211,424
June 2020 11.1% 7.8% 236,203
May 2020 13.3% 10.1% 303,647
April 2020 14.8% 10.2% 308,494
March 2020 4.4% 3.9% 121,587
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 109,616
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 110,281