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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Missouri 3.6% 0.0 -0.1
St Louis 3.5% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: St Louis, Missouri, National

St Louis, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

St Louis, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 148,295. There are now 96,300 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 48,953 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,042. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 51,995 -1,265 -4,079

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 51,995
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.6% 53,260
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 50,396
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 48,953
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 51,452
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.7% 53,480
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.6% 52,230
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 50,582
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.6% 52,203
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.7% 54,240
July
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.7% 53,527

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.