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Missouri unemployment rate inches up

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Missouri recorded a slightly higher unemployment rate in September, according to the latest data from the state government.

The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month was 2.9%, according to a news release. That's up from 2.8% in August.

"Missouri's unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for more than eight years," officials said in the release.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8% in September, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Compared with August, Missouri employers in September increased the state's nonfarm payroll employment figure by 5,200 jobs. The state's previously reported August figure was revised downward by 5,200 jobs from the preliminary estimate.

Industries that added jobs in September, according to the release, include private education and health services, up 1,700; trade, transportation and utilities, up 900; and other services, up 900. Offsetting industries included leisure and hospitality, which was down by 1,900 jobs, and professional and business services, down 900.

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