The jobless rate in Missouri dipped to its lowest level in almost four years in September, state officials reported Tuesday.
At 6.9 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is the lowest since Dec. 2008, and it fell from 7.2 percent in August as nearly 8,000 more people said they were working. Missouri’s jobless rate remains well below the national average of 7.9 percent.
The report – the last statewide count before Election Day – is good news for Gov. Jay Nixon, who is facing a challenge from St. Louis-area businessman David Spence that has focused largely on economic issues. Nixon can now claim a jobless rate that is lower than it was when he took office, despite four years of recession and sluggish recovery. Read more on St. Louis Post- Dispatch.