Missouri's unemployment rate down to 8 percent

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 9:40 a.m. CST; updated 3:37 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri's unemployment rate for December 2011 fell two-tenths of a point from November and hit 8 percent — its lowest rate since January 2009,  according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Unemployment in Missouri has fallen 1.7 percent overall since January 2011, the department said in a news release.

Boone County's unemployment rate was not immediately available.


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Steve Baumann January 18, 2012 | 10:31 a.m.

I was at our local "Career Center" and was told "off the record" that they believe the actual unemployment rate is at least three times what is being reported. Unemployment figures are based on how many unemployment checks are mailed - many feel that the majority of the unemployeed are not collecting a check right now. Columbia is in a lot better shape than most of the country.

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