Missouri unemployment dips, remains above US rate

Missouri’s unemployment rate dipped a tenth of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in June, but job growth stalled after robust hiring the previous month.

Employment in the state decreased by 1,800 jobs in June, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

“Typically in June we see an uptick in unemployment with the closing of schools and the addition of students and other summer job seekers, however, we saw the unemployment rate edge down last month,” DED communications director Amy Susan said in an email.

However, Susan pointed out that May’s revised employment growth jumped to 8,200 from an earlier estimate of 3,700 new jobs.

The recreation and professional services industries gained nearly 3,000 jobs during the month, and non-farm payrolls have added 44,200 employees during the past year.

But Missouri has seen its unemployment rate rise slightly above the country’s overall rate in the last three months after more than four years below the nation. The national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in June.



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