St. Louis leads way as September unemployment declines for all Missouri metros

September unemployment rates in all eight of Missouri’s metro areas landed significantly lower than a year prior, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment was also lower than it was in August across the board.

Figures were not seasonally adjusted.

Columbia’s rate of unemployment was lowest once again at 1.8%, down 1.5 points from last September and 0.6 points lower than in August. Kansas City had the highest unemployment rate at 3.5%, a 1.9-point decrease from last September and 0.3 points lower than the month before.

St. Louis saw the largest improvement from August to September and over the last year. Its September unemployment rate of 3.3% was down 0.9 points from August and 2.4 points since September 2020.

A shortage of workers across all industries, combined with a ruinous global supply chain, has caused havoc as companies big and small try to prepare for the approaching holiday season.

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