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Missouri unemployment rate stays at 3.9 percent in April



Missouri’s unemployment rate for April held steady at 3.9 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

That represented a decrease of 0.6 points from an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in April 2016.

Total employment in the state declined by 5,732 jobs between March and April, with the labor force declining by 7,832. Employment was up by 14,387 jobs over April 2016.

The largest employment gains by sector came from health care and social assistance, which added 5,200 jobs, and administrative and support services, which added 5,000 jobs. The largest losses were in accommodation and food services, which shed 2,500 jobs, and arts, entertainment and recreation, which lost 2,00 jobs.

Average weekly earnings were highest in the manufacturing sector, followed by the financial, professional and business sector.

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