Unemployment rates were higher in May than a year earlier in all 389 metro areas across the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic continued its toll on labor markets, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. A total of 109 areas had jobless rates of less than 10%, and 16 areas had rates of at least 20%.
Despite Missouri following the national trend in terms of year-over-year unemployment change, the state’s metro areas saw some improvement from April to May. Six out of eight metro areas in Missouri had unemployment rates in May lower than April. Unemployment rates increased in the other two areas, Columbia and St. Louis, by 0.1 and 0.2 percentage points, respectively.
Missouri’s largest decrease in unemployment rate between April and May was in Joplin, where the area’s unemployment rate decreased by 1.2 percentage points, followed by Springfield, with a 1-point decrease.