Missouri's unemployment rate made history in September, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
With a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.4% last month, the preliminary figure marked the lowest recorded point since the data series began in 1976, according to a news release. The previous low was 2.5% in August.
September's nonfarm payroll employment was 2.9 million, an increase of 2,700 jobs from the revised August figure.
Industries with gains during September included leisure and hospitality, up 4,800; professional and business services, up 4,000; financial activities, up 1,000; and trade, transportation and utilities, up 800. Partially offsetting those increases were industries such as information services, down 700, and educational and health services, down 100, according to the release.
Ariake Sushi and Robata opened; Great Southern Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GSBC) opened its newest branch in Springfield; and a longtime employee with City Utilities of Springfield went into business for himself with the launch of Van Every Drafting & Design LLC.