Department of Numbers

Missouri Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Missouri fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2021 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Missouri unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Missouri 3.8% -0.2 -1.6

Unemployment Rate: Missouri, National

Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 255,409 fewer people unemployed in the state. Missouri job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Missouri 118,110 -4,992 -47,822

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 3.8% 118,110
August 2021 5.2% 4.0% 123,102
July 2021 5.4% 4.2% 128,606
June 2021 5.9% 4.3% 133,324
May 2021 5.8% 4.2% 129,037
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