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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 2021 to 4.7%. 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 13.4% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare St Louis unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Missouri 4.2% +0.1 -5.4
St Louis 4.7% 0.0 -7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 186,901. There are now 118,741 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 67,772 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 388. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 68,160 +388 -95,031

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.2% 4.7% 68,160
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.3% 4.9% 71,278
December
2020
6.7% 4.4% 5.1% 73,602
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 5.3% 76,552
October
2020
6.9% 5.0% 5.5% 81,094
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 6.1% 88,869
August
2020
8.4% 6.0% 6.8% 100,274
July
2020
10.2% 6.8% 7.9% 115,707

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.