Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 9.3 percent

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | 6:09 p.m. CDT; updated 7:08 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 15, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high last month as the state shed 7,400 non-farm jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that seasonally adjusted unemployment rose to 9.3 percent in June from 9 percent in May. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the June figure was the highest in Missouri since October 1983.

The state agency also said payroll statistics show Missouri's manufacturing sector lost 2,500 jobs last month. That follows the loss of 3,700 manufacturing jobs in May.

Also in June, Missouri lost about 3,600 jobs in administrative and support services.


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