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Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jefferson City fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Jefferson City peaked in April 2020 at 8.3% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.9% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Jefferson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Missouri 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Jefferson City 2.3% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 6,028. There are now 4,271 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,400 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 357. Jefferson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jefferson City, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jefferson City 1,757 +68 -866

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jefferson City, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployment Rate
Jefferson City
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 2.3% 1,757
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.3% 1,689
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 2.0% 1,514
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 1.9% 1,430
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 1.9% 1,400
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.2% 2,417
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.1% 2,357
April
2021
6.0% 4.1% 3.0% 2,320
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.1% 2,343
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.1% 2,378
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 2.9% 2,276

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.