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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in November 2010 at 8.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
Joplin 2.6% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 5,601 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 22. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,206 +22 -379

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.6% 2,206
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.6% 2,184
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.8% 2,323
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.8% 2,356
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 2.7% 2,312
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.0% 2,523
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.2% 2,703
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.0% 2,544
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.1% 2,601
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 2,835
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 2,801

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.