Missouri unemployment holds steady at 3.3% in April

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3% in April as the state’s payrolls added 11,800 jobs, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced.

The 3.3% jobless rate was unchanged from the month prior and from April 2018.

The state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 3.3% for 13 consecutive months, marking the longest stretch of unemployment that low dating back to at least 1976.

Since April 2018, Missouri’s largest job gains by percentage have come in professional, scientific and technical services (3.7%); accommodation and food services (2.8%); and manufacturing (2.4%).

The industries that have seen the heaviest rates of job losses over the last year are educational services (2.4%); real estate and rental/leasing (2.4%); and administrative and support services (1.4%).

Average weekly earnings for the state’s private-sector employees increased slightly in April, to $843.36. That was up about 0.3% from March and 0.4% from April 2018. Wage figures were not seasonally adjusted.

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