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Missouri jobless rate falls slightly to 8.7 percent

Friday, October 14, 2011 | 8:08 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A new report says Missouri's jobless rate edged lower last month despite a net loss of jobs.

The state Department of Economic Development said Friday that seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by one-tenth of a point in September to 8.7 percent.

The agency also said Missouri had a net loss of 4,000 non-farm jobs in September. The biggest losses were in retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services and government.

Jobs were added in other sectors, including health care and social assistance, which grew by 3,300 jobs.

 


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