Missouri unemployment rate lower than national average

Posted November 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

by Christine Roto

Missouri added 13,000 new jobs in October, but the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.9 percent.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development released the job numbers for the month of October on Nov. 13. The department’s spokesman, John Fougere, said the latest numbers are part of a positive trend in job growth.

“The state has now added approximately 47,000 new jobs in 2011 and 2012,” Fougere said.

Missouri’s unemployment rate has been below the national rate for 38 consecutive months.

Fougere also said the Missouri labor force grew by about 10,000 people in October.