Missouri unemployment ticks up slightly, remains below US average

Missouri’s unemployment rate stayed at or below the U.S. rate for the 46th consecutive month in January. 

January’s 3.2 percent rate was one-tenth of a point higher than the rate over the last two months of 2018, according to a Department of Economic Development report

About 9,300 nonfarm payroll jobs were added, which brought the January total to 2,903,400 jobs.

The largest gain in the private service sector was health care and social assistance, at 4,100 jobs. 

Construction employment increased by 2,600 jobs. Manufacturing jobs, though, remained relatively stable. 

January’s growth didn’t extend to the information sector: Employment there dropped by 1,000.

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