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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in November 2009 at 7.7% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.8 percentage points. You can also compare Jefferson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Missouri 10.1% -0.1 +7.0
Jefferson City 6.3% -0.8 +3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 1,372 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,823 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,786. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 4,609 -538 +2,670

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 7.9%
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 6.3% 4,609
April
2020
14.7% 10.2% 7.1% 5,147
March
2020
4.4% 3.9% 3.0% 2,285
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 2,267
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 2.9% 2,206
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 2,249
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.9% 2,176
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 2.8% 2,102
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 2.7% 2,032
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.6% 1,975
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.6% 1,940

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.