Employers in the St. Louis metropolitan area added 11,500 jobs in July, the highest seasonally adjusted total for any month since at least 1990, while employers in metro Kansas City added 4,100 jobs. The gain means St. Louis employment has risen by 25,500 jobs, or nearly 2 percent, in the past 12 months, a year-over-year gain that is the metro area’s largest since January 2000.
Below are the unemployment rates for Missouri’s metropolitan areas in July, followed by the percentage change from the previous month and the from July 2013, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|Metro area||July 2014 unemployment||Vs. June 2014||Vs. July 2013|
|Cape Girardeau||6.9 percent||Up 0.1 percent||No change|
|Columbia||4.9 percent||Down 0.1 percent||Down 0.4 percent|
|Jefferson City||5.8 percent||No change||Down 0.2 percent|
|Joplin||6.0 percent||Up 0.1 percent||Down 0.5 percent|
|Kansas City||6.6 percent||Up 0.3 percent||Down 0.3 percent|
|Springfield||5.6 percent||Down 0.1 percent||Down 0.4 percent|
|St. Joseph||5.5 percent||No change||Down 0.3 percent|
|St. Louis||7.1 percent||Up 0.1 percent||Down 0.6 percent|
Update: August 28, 2014
This story was updated to include statistics from all of Missouri’s metropolitan areas.