Missouri unemployment rate ticks up in March, remains below national average

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.3% in March, but the rate remained lower than the national level for the 32nd consecutive month, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Wednesday.

State unemployment increased one-tenth of a point over February’s 3.2%, but it was one-tenth of a point lower than the rate in March 2018.

Approximately 102,000 Missourians were unemployed last month, while there were nearly 2.9 million non-farm jobs. Earlier this year, employment reached record highs, the department said in its news release.

Over the past year, the professional, scientific and technical services sector grew the most, at 4.9%. At 2.4% growth in the past year, the manufacturing sector came in second.

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