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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in November 2009 at 7.7% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Jefferson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Missouri 3.2% -0.1 +0.2
Jefferson City 2.7% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jefferson City, Missouri, National

Jefferson City, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jefferson City peaked in December 2009 at 5,981. There are now 4,010 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,841 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 130. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 1,971 -21 +130

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.1%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 1,971
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.7% 1,992
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 2,009
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 2,015
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 2,010
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 2.8% 2,013
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 1,969
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.7% 1,956
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.6% 1,926
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.6% 1,921
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 1,897

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.