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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in April 2020 at 13.4% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Missouri 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
St Louis 3.7% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 186,901. There are now 133,974 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 52,927 -1,594 -23,625

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.5% 3.7% 52,927
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 3.8% 54,521
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 3.8% 54,587
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 3.8% 55,263
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 3.8% 54,496
June
2021
5.9% 4.3% 4.8% 69,023
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 4.7% 68,174
April
2021
6.0% 4.1% 4.7% 67,772
March
2021
6.0% 4.2% 4.7% 68,001
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 4.9% 69,986
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 4.9% 71,278

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.