Missouri unemployment rate holds at 9.3 percent

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | 3:45 p.m. CDT; updated 5:43 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 18, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's unemployment rate held steady in July at 9.3 percent while job losses slowed from previous months.

It's only the second time this year that the state's unemployment rate has not increased from the previous month. Although Missouri shed 700 non-farm jobs in July, it's the best showing since October. The state Department of Economic Development released the labor figures Tuesday.

Missouri gained 3,800 jobs in durable goods manufacturing, and 1,300 in health care and social assistance. It lost 3,300 in local government and 2,000 in construction.


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Michele Novak August 18, 2009 | 7:13 p.m.

I was laid off the first of August from a contract through the State of Missouri. I was under the impression there would be an additional $25.00 from stimulus funds monthly for persons laid off. I have not seen that appear on communication from UI. Anyone know what is going on?

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