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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in December 2009 at 7.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in June 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Missouri 3.4% -0.2 -1.3
Jefferson City 2.5% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 5,899. There are now 4,052 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,842 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 1,847 -104 -649

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 2.5% 1,847
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 2.6% 1,951
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 2.7% 2,022
January
2022
4.0% 3.8% 2.9% 2,140
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 2.9% 2,169
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 2.9% 2,170
October
2021
4.6% 4.0% 2.9% 2,171
September
2021
4.7% 4.0% 2.9% 2,173
August
2021
5.2% 4.1% 3.0% 2,183
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.0% 2,217
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 3.1% 2,278

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.