Friday, April 8, 2011

Employment in SE Missouri at 10%

The February unemployment rate in Southeast Missouri hovered at 10%, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Cape Girardeau County’s 7.9% unemployment rate was well below the state average of 9.4%.

The only other Southeast Missouri county below the state average is Perry County, with an unemployment rate of 7.1%. Perry County’s unemployment dropped by two-tenths of a percent between January and February of this year.

St. Francois County has the highest February unemployment rate in Southeast Missouri at 12.1%. Iron County has the second highest unemployment rate in the region at 11.8%, but its unemployment rate dropped by nearly a percentage point between January and February.

Boone County’s 6.6% unemployment rate is the lowest in the state. Taney County has the highest at 22.4%.


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