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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 1.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 -2.6
Joplin 2.5% -1.4 -3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 10,620. There are now 8,548 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,072 -1,199 -2,942

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 2.5% 2,072
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.9% 3,271
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.8% 3,195
April
2021
6.1% 4.1% 3.8% 3,169
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.9% 3,239
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 4.0% 3,315
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.9% 3,258
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.1% 3,461
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.3% 3,600
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 4.5% 3,775
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.8% 4,017

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.