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St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Joseph peaked in January 2010 at 9.5% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare St Joseph unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Missouri 3.2% -0.1 +0.2
St Joseph 3.0% -0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 4,386 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,787 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 114. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 1,901 -49 +114

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.1%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 1,901
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 1,950
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 1,959
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 1,972
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 1,983
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.1% 1,966
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 1,912
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 1,898
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.9% 1,848
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 1,841
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.9% 1,818

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.