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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in November 2009 at 7.7% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Jefferson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 +0.6
Jefferson City 3.4% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 December 2009 at 5,981. There are now 3,422 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 736. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 2,559 -1 +292

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2% 3.4% 2,559
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.4% 2,560
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.6% 3,394
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.2% 2,358
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 3.2% 2,327
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 3.2% 2,318
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 5.3% 3,908
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 5.3% 3,899
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 5.3% 3,950
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 6.3% 4,628
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 7.1% 5,147

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.