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St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph 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 St Joseph peaked in January 2010 at 9.4% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in July 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare St Joseph 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
St Joseph 2.8% +0.1 -1.2
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: St Joseph, Missouri, National

St Joseph, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in St Joseph peaked in December 2009 at 6,192. There are now 4,468 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,497 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 227. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 1,724 +14 -780

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 2.8% 1,724
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.7% 1,710
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 2.6% 1,615
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 2.5% 1,558
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 2.4% 1,497
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 3.7% 2,296
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 3.6% 2,260
April
2021
6.0% 4.1% 3.6% 2,266
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 3.7% 2,327
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.8% 2,413
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 3.9% 2,425

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.