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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 1.1 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in April 2020 at 10.6% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Missouri 4.3% -0.1 +0.7
Joplin 4.4% -1.1 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 5,193 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,428 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 317. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 3,745 -1,014 +879

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 4.4% 3,745
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 5.5% 4,759
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.1% 3,428
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.1% 3,428
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.2% 3,452
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 5.9% 4,950
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 6.0% 4,961
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 6.9% 5,777
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 9.2% 7,682
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 10.6% 8,938

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.