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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in April 2020 at 11.8% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Missouri 2.4% -0.1 -1.6
St Louis 2.9% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 April 2020 at 161,377. There are now 119,547 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 41,830 -2,036 -19,325

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.4% 2.9% 41,830
August
2022
3.7% 2.5% 3.0% 43,866
July
2022
3.5% 2.5% 3.1% 45,037
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.2% 47,470
May
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.5% 51,295
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.6% 52,355
March
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.7% 54,226
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 55,890
January
2022
4.0% 3.8% 4.0% 58,178
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 59,384
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 4.0% 59,083

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.