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Springfield unemployment rate drops sharply

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The Springfield metropolitan statistical area's unemployment rate decreased significantly, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In July, the MSA's jobless rate was 2.8%, down from 4% in June, according to a news release. The five-county area comprises Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties.

All of Missouri's eight metro areas posted unemployment rate decreases in July:
• Columbia, 2.5%, down from 3.6% in June;
• Jefferson City, 2.5%, down from 3.5%;
• Springfield, 2.8%, down from 4%;
• St. Joseph, 3.2%, down from 4.2%;
• Joplin, 3.3%, down from 4.4%;
• Cape Girardeau, 3.5%, down from 4.5%;
• Kansas City, 4.4%, down from 5.4%; and
• St. Louis, 4.4%, down from 5.3%.

Missouri's unemployment rate was 3.9% in July, down from 5.1% in June, according to the release. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Nationally, compared with the same month a year earlier, July unemployment rates were lower in 388 of the 389 metro areas measured by the BLS. The Springfield MSA's July 2020 unemployment rate was 6.3%.

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