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St. Joseph, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Joseph rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. 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 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare St Joseph unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
St Joseph 2.7% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,549 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 34. St Joseph employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Joseph, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
St Joseph 1,755 +34 -293

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Joseph, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployment Rate
St Joseph
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 1,755
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.6% 1,721
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.8% 1,819
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.9% 1,921
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 2.9% 1,918
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.1% 2,030
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 2,128
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.1% 2,008
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.0% 1,934
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 2,091
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 2,106

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.