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St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph fell 1.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Joseph peaked in January 2010 at 9.5% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare St Joseph unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Missouri 4.3% -0.1 +0.7
St Joseph 3.9% -1.2 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 October 2009 at 6,287. There are now 3,890 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,764 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 633. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 2,397 -800 +374

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.9% 2,397
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 5.1% 3,197
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.8% 2,362
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 3.8% 2,368
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 3.9% 2,407
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 5.3% 3,362
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 5.4% 3,394
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 5.6% 3,454
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 6.9% 4,202
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 7.5% 4,620

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.