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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in January 2010 at 7.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Jefferson City 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
Jefferson City 2.5% 0.0 -0.5
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: 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 January 2010 at 6,034. There are now 4,155 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,843 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 36. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 1,879 +36 -334

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.5% 1,879
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.5% 1,843
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.6% 1,886
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.6% 1,915
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 2.6% 1,957
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 2.9% 2,168
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.0% 2,249
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 2.8% 2,061
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 2.8% 2,079
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 2,322
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 2,307

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.