Missouri’s unemployment rate has made modest improvements over last year, and is in better shape than the rest of the country.
As of June, the Missouri unemployment rate stood at 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a 1.6 percent drop from last June’s 2011 unemployment rate of 8.7 percent. It’s also less than the current national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.
Leading the pack with the lowest unemployment rate in the country is the energy-boom state North Dakota, with an enviable rate of 2.9 percent.
Not every Missouri industry fares equally in job creation. Over the last year, there have been plenty of losers. The government, construction, and leisure and hospitality sectors all lost about 5,000 jobs each since June 2011.
The bright spots for the state have been professional services, which added 13,600 jobs, and health and education services, which added 10,000. Missouri has also added 4,000 manufacturing jobs in the last year.