Unemployment stays at 3.3% in May as Missouri adds jobs

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.3% in May, the same as in April, but one-tenth of a point higher than in May of last year, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday.

The economy added 2,500 non-farm jobs for the month and has added 31,000 non-farm jobs in the past year.

Springfield has seen 2.4% growth of non-farm jobs in the last year.

The largest sector-specific job growth over the last year came in accommodation and food services (4%), durable goods manufacturing (4%) and federal government jobs (3.3%).

Weekly earnings rose by $12.79 over the same time last year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Missouri’s statewide annual average wage increased 3.6% from 2017, reaching an all-time high at $49,050. There has been a 10.4% increase in wages since 2014. Newton County, home to Joplin, has seen a 13.7% increase in wages.


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