Department of Numbers

St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Joseph peaked in January 2010 at 9.5% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 4.0 percentage points. You can also compare St Joseph unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Missouri 10.1% -0.1 +7.0
St Joseph 6.8% -0.7 +3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,102 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 2,421. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 4,185 -435 +2,296

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 7.9%
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 6.8% 4,185
April
2020
14.7% 10.2% 7.5% 4,620
March
2020
4.4% 3.9% 3.2% 2,027
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 2,015
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 2,023
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 2,018
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.1% 1,981
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 1,941
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.0% 1,905
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 1,878

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.