The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center yesterday reported a decrease in the state's unemployment rate.
Missouri's April seasonally adjusted jobless rate came to 3.4%, compared with 3.6% in March, according to a news release. The March figure was down from a revised February rate of 3.7%.
During April, Missouri's nonfarm payroll employment figure declined by 5,300 jobs to nearly 2.9 million.
Private service-providing industries declined by 4,800 jobs, according to the release. Goods-producing industries increased, with manufacturing gaining 500 jobs and mining, logging and construction posting an increase of 100 positions.
Compared with a year earlier, payroll employment was up by 76,000 jobs in April.
The corner of North Main Street and Tracker Road in Nixa is abuzz with development activity, and the latest structure to emerge is the Walker Heights Retail Center.