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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Missouri 3.3% 0.0 +0.3
St Louis 3.4% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 December 2009 at 147,901. There are now 98,334 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 48,238 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,329. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 49,567 -973 +922

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 49,567
June
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 50,540
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 51,496
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.6% 52,024
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.5% 51,729
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 50,703
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.5% 50,633
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.4% 49,551
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.4% 49,389
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 48,876

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.