Six of eight metropolitan areas in Missouri saw lower unemployment rates in June compared to a year earlier, according to a report released Wednesday by the Labor Department.
The Kansas City metro area saw the biggest percentage decrease in unemployment, to 4.5 percent from 4.9 percent a year ago.
The national average unemployment rate June was 5.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).
Over the last year, the unemployment rate also has declined in Columbia, Springfield, St. Joseph and St. Louis. It has remained unchanged in Joplin and risen slightly in Cape Girardeau.
Since last June, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis have seen net gains in civilian labor force. Jefferson City, Joplin and St. Joseph have experienced net losses.