JEFFERSON CITY — Unemployment in Missouri held steady last month at 9.4 percent as the state gained a net 2,300 jobs.
A new report from the Department of Economic Development also says February was the 12th straight month in which Missouri's jobless rate was lower than the national figure.
The report Tuesday said Missouri gained 2,200 jobs in health care and social assistance last month, as well as 2,100 jobs in private education services.
Other sectors adding jobs included professional, scientific and technical services, arts and entertainment and temporary help. Some of the new jobs resulted from the opening of a casino in the St. Louis area.
The gains offset losses in construction, manufacturing, state and local government and food services.