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Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cape Girardeau fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Cape Girardeau peaked in October 2009 at 8.3% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Cape Girardeau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Cape Girardeau 3.0% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 November 2010 at 4,017. There are now 2,575 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,344 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 98. Cape Girardeau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cape Girardeau 1,442 -41 -126

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 1,442
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.1% 1,483
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.1% 1,518
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 1,406
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 1,367
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 1,344
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.9% 1,392
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.1% 1,484
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 3.1% 1,492
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.2% 1,565
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.5% 1,681

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.