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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in November 2010 at 8.8% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Joplin 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
Joplin 3.0% -0.2 -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: Joplin, Missouri, National

Joplin, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Joplin, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Joplin peaked in November 2010 at 7,807. There are now 5,304 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,184 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 319. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,503 -180 -98

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 2,503
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 2,683
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.0% 2,524
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 2,301
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 2,204
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.6% 2,184
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 2,323
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 2,356
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 2,312
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 2,523
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.2% 2,703

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.