Missouri employers added a net 14,100 jobs in July, but it wasn’t enough to move the state’s unemployment rate compared with the prior month.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development yesterday reported a jobless rate for July of 3.8 percent, the same figure as June. However, according to the DED, last month’s unemployment rate was a full percentage point below the July 2016 figure and three percentage points lower than in July 2012.
The Show-Me State’s July job growth was led by:
• government, at 11,100 positions;
• professional and business services, 4,700;
• educational and health services, 3,900;
• mining, logging and construction, 2,800;
• manufacturing, 1,700; and
• information, 100.
Partially offsetting the increase was trade, transportation and utilities, with a 4,000-job decrease; leisure and hospitality, which also dropped by 4,000 jobs; and financial activities, which was down by 1,700. The DED’s data is seasonally adjusted.
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