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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in September 2009 at 8.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Missouri 3.3% 0.0 +0.3
Joplin 3.0% 0.0 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 October 2010 at 7,720. There are now 5,161 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,227 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 332. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,559 +2 +328

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 2,559
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 2,557
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 2,583
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 2,557
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 2,548
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 2,460
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.9% 2,431
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 2,328
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 2,323
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 2,294

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.