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Missouri Dept. of Economic Development issues May jobs report

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent in May, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. After a large increase in April that pushed employment to an all-time high, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 5,900 jobs.

For two years, the state’s monthly unemployment rate has been below the national rate, which was 4.7 percent for May.

Several industries in Missouri experienced growth in May with the largest gains occurring in “Other Services”, mainly repair and personal services (+1,500 jobs), Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (+1,200 jobs), Finance & Insurance (+1,000 jobs) and Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+900 jobs).

Companies interested in learning more about Missouri’s resources for new and expanding businesses should visit www.ded.mo.gov.

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