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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.9 percentage points in July 2020 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Missouri 6.9% -0.9 +3.7
Joplin 6.0% -0.9 +3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 April 2020 at 8,938. There are now 3,981 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 4,957 -820 +2,480

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 7.0%
July
2020
10.2% 6.9% 6.0% 4,957
June
2020
11.1% 7.8% 6.9% 5,777
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 9.2% 7,682
April
2020
14.7% 10.2% 10.6% 8,938
March
2020
4.4% 3.9% 3.5% 2,989
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 2,972
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 2,866
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 2,916
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 2,810
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.2% 2,706
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 2,606

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.