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Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cape Girardeau fell 1.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Cape Girardeau peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cape Girardeau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 -2.6
Cape Girardeau 2.6% -1.3 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, National

Cape Girardeau, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cape Girardeau peaked in April 2020 at 5,610. There are now 4,359 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cape Girardeau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cape Girardeau 1,251 -609 -1,419

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 2.6% 1,251
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.9% 1,860
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.8% 1,833
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 3.8% 1,826
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.8% 1,831
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.9% 1,861
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.8% 1,832
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.8% 1,806
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.0% 1,904
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.2% 2,018
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.4% 2,142

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.