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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate for St Louis in April 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare St Louis 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 Louis 11.6% 0.0 +8.4
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 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 165,033. There are now 478 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 164,555 -478 +116,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.1% 11.6% 164,555
April
2020
14.7% 10.2% 11.6% 165,033
March
2020
4.4% 3.9% 3.4% 51,091
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.5% 51,663
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 50,745
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 51,304
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 50,264
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 49,203
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.2% 48,209
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 47,436
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 47,042

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.