JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri added 3,600 jobs last month while the unemployment rate declined to its lowest point since April 2009.
The Department of Economic Development reported Monday that the June unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from May to 9.1 percent.
Some of the largest job gains were in manufacturing, which added 2,300 jobs last month. Other big gains were in warehousing and utilities, which added 2,200 jobs, and the construction sector, which climbed by 1,100 jobs.
Those gains were partially offset by the elimination 3,300 federal government jobs. That included many temporary census workers.
Boone County stands to gain more than 1,000 jobs in the near future as three major businesses develop in the area. Carfax is expanding its Columbia data facility and expects to add 45 to 50 new jobs in the next three to five years.
IBM, which is opening a new call center in Columbia this fall, has said it will create as many as 800 jobs in the area.
A new sugar-substitute plant in Moberly could create 312 jobs in the next 28 months, according to the Moberly Monitor-Index. Gov. Jay Nixon said the plant might eventually employ 612 workers.
Missourian reporter Daniel Everson contributed to this report.