Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Missouri unemployment down in April

Missouri’s unemployment rate continued to move down in April, according to data released yesterday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, down by two-tenths of a point from the March figure on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Since January of this year, Missouri’s unemployment rate has now fallen by seven-tenths of a point.

In comparison, the U.S. seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is currently 9.0 percent.

Construction continues to show signs of growth. Manufacturing has also been growing for several months; in April the industry employed nearly 250,000 Missourians, an increase of 7,700 jobs, or 3.2 percent, over the past year.


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