Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 9.5 percent

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 | 4:53 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A new report says Missouri had a net loss of 6,700 jobs in August while the state's unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent, the highest since September 1983.

Tuesday's report by the Missouri Department of Economic Development showed the state jobless rate up two-tenths of a percentage point from July. Job losses and the unemployment rate had remained relatively steady from June until July.

Durable goods manufacturing shed 3,500 jobs last month after gaining 3,800 in July. The construction sector lost 1,600 jobs, while administrative and support services dropped 2,300 jobs.

Some sectors added jobs. Missouri's local governments were the biggest gainers, adding 3,500 jobs last month as the school year began. Health care and social assistance added 1,400 jobs in August.


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