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St. Louis, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for St Louis rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in St Louis peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2018, 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 -0.5
St Louis 3.2% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2009 at 148,295. There are now 101,186 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 46,064 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,045. St Louis employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in St Louis, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
St Louis 47,109 +1,045 -3,473

Number of Unemployed Persons

St Louis, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployment Rate
St Louis
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.2% 47,109
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 46,064
August
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 48,391
July
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 49,785
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.4% 50,564
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 51,951
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.6% 53,260
March
2018
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 50,396
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 48,953
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 51,452
December
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.7% 53,480

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.