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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Missouri 2.4% -0.1 -1.6
Joplin 2.3% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 8,964. There are now 7,023 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 1,941 -77 -873

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 1,941
August
2022
3.7% 2.5% 2.4% 2,018
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 2,060
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2,196
May
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.8% 2,408
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 2,482
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.1% 2,614
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 2,668
January
2022
4.0% 3.8% 3.3% 2,768
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 3.3% 2,788
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.3% 2,776

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.