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Joplin, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Joplin rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Joplin peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Joplin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Missouri 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Joplin 2.8% +0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 8,323 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,057 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 240. Joplin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Joplin, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Joplin 2,297 +18 -1,303

Number of Unemployed Persons

Joplin, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployment Rate
Joplin
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 2.8% 2,297
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.7% 2,279
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 2.6% 2,144
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 2.5% 2,107
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 2.5% 2,057
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.9% 3,271
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.8% 3,195
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 4.3% 3.9% 3,258

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.