Missouri’s unemployment rate remained at 2.7% in January, which was lower than the national rate of 3.4% in the same month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In February, the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6%. BLS data is not yet available for Missouri’s rate in February.

The state’s unemployment rate increased to 2.7% in October from June lows, but has not moved since. It is down 0.2% from January 2022.

Missouri has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Only seven other states have a rate lower than Missouri.

The last time Missouri’s unemployment rate was higher than the national rate was in April 2015.

Tommy Gleason is a reporter for Missouri Business Alert. He is a sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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