Missouri unemployment improves to 3.1% in September

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 3.1%, the Department of Economic Development reported Thursday. That’s one-tenth of a percentage point higher than a year ago but one-tenth lower than last month.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in the state grew by 32,100 jobs from September 2018, but Missouri shed 3,900 jobs from August 2019.

Over the last year, Missouri gained 2,500 federal government jobs, an increase of 4.6%.

In the private sector, the largest percentage gain by industry was in accommodation and food services, which grew by 3.2%, or 8,400 jobs.

On the contrary, employment in wholesale trade dropped by 2.4% (2,900 jobs) compared with last September. It was the largest decrease among all industries, followed by administrative and support services, which decreased by 0.9% (1,400 jobs).

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