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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in November 2010 at 8.8% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in October 2017, 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Missouri 3.7% 0.0 -0.3
Joplin 3.1% -0.3 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 7,800. There are now 5,206 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,292 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 302. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,594 -235 -891

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 2,594
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 2,829
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 2,805
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.2% 2,684
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 2.7% 2,292
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.2% 2,776
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.3% 2,821
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.2% 2,703
June
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.5% 2,936
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.0% 3,351
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.8% 3,227

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.