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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in November 2020, 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Missouri 4.2% -0.1 +0.6
St Louis 5.0% 0.0 +1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 93,096 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 70,136 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,801. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 71,937 -1,129 +20,274

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.2% 5.0% 71,937
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 5.0% 73,066
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 6.2% 89,655
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.9% 70,136
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 5.0% 70,516
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.8% 83,567
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 7.8% 113,567
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 7.8% 114,012
June
2020
11.1% 8.1% 9.5% 137,088
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 11.6% 164,702
April
2020
14.8% 12.5% 11.6% 165,033

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.