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Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cape Girardeau fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Cape Girardeau peaked in October 2009 at 8.3% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Cape Girardeau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
Cape Girardeau 2.8% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 2,648 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 25. Cape Girardeau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cape Girardeau 1,369 +25 -233

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 1,369
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.8% 1,344
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 1,392
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 1,484
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.1% 1,492
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.2% 1,565
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.5% 1,681
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.3% 1,584
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 1,568
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 1,708
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 1,743

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.