Springfield, MO

Log in Subscribe

Unemployment rate dips in Springfield metro area

Posted online

The Springfield metropolitan statistical area's unemployment rate decreased in February after an increase to start the year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The five-county Springfield MSA comprising Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties posted a jobless rate of 3.9% in February, according to a news release. That's down from 4.2% in January and flat from December, according to past reporting.

The Springfield metro joined five other MSAs in Missouri in reporting decreases in February unemployment rates.

The MSAs, ranked by their February unemployment rates, are:
• Columbia, 3.3%, down from 3.8% in January;
• Jefferson City, 3.9%, up from 3.8%;
• Springfield, 3.9%, down from 4.2%;
• Cape Girardeau, 4.2%, down from 4.6%;
• Joplin, 4.2%, down from 4.6%;
• St. Joseph, 4.3%, flat;
• Kansas City, 4.9%, down from 5.1%; and
• St. Louis, 5.1%, down from 5.5%.

Missouri's February unemployment rate of 5% was down from 5.1% in January, according to the release.

Nationally, compared with the same month a year earlier, February unemployment rates were higher in 383 of the 389 metro areas measured by the BLS, lower in four and unchanged in two.


No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick
Open for Business: Bark Yard

The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched; Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved; and a pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC.

Most Read Poll
Are you planning to travel this summer?

This poll is not a scientific sampling. It offers a snapshot of what readers are thinking.

View results