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St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph fell 0.2 percentage points in February 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 2.6% in September 2018, 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Missouri 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
St Joseph 3.0% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 6,304. There are now 4,381 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,721 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 202. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 1,923 -108 -11

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.3%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 1,923
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 2,031
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.0% 2,002
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 1,802
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 1,753
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.6% 1,721
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 1,819
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.9% 1,921
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.9% 1,918
May
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 2,030
April
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 2,128

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.