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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.1 percentage points in February 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 January 2010 at 7.7% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Jefferson City 2.7% -0.1 -0.1
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: 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 4,062 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 129. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 1,972 -55 -107

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 1,972
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.8% 2,027
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 2,062
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.6% 1,905
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.5% 1,877
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 1,843
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 1,886
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 1,915
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.6% 1,957
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 2,168
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 2,249

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.