Missouri unemployment stays at 3.2 percent amid February job losses

Missouri’s unemployment rate stayed put at 3.2 percent in February despite a slight decrease in seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Wednesday.

The state shed 800 jobs from January, according to the report, but nonfarm payrolls were up 14,800, or 0.5 percent, from February 2018.

Since last February, the state has seen the biggest job gains in health care and social assistance (8,900); manufacturing (8,700); and accommodation and food services (7,000).

The biggest year-over-year losses have been in administrative and support services (3,500) and construction (3,000).

Contributing to the 800-job dip from January were losses in arts, entertainment and recreation (2,000); wholesale trade (1,000) and construction (800).

According to the DED, February marked the 31st consecutive month that Missouri’s unemployment rate has been under the national average, which was 3.8 percent for the month.

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