DED releases July 2010 state jobs report

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Contact: John Fougere,  (573) 522-5058

JEFFERSON CITY– Missouri’s labor market conditions remained stable in July, according to  data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). Missouri’s payroll employment increased by 2,700 jobs for the month, while the state’s unemployment rate edged up by a tenth of a point to 9.2 percent on a seasonally-adjusted basis.


The state’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 9.4 in July, up from 9.3 in June. In comparison, the U.S. rates for July 2010 were 9.5 seasonally-adjusted and 9.7 not-seasonally-adjusted.


Missouri nonfarm payroll employment in July was estimated at 2,665,600 jobs, representing an addition of 2,700 jobs from the June figure. Gains were noted in administrative and support services (+4,200), private educational and health services (+1,000), and accommodation and food services (+1,200). These gains were offset by decreases in trade, transportation and utilities (-1,700); financial services (-1.900); professional, scientific and technical services (-1,100); arts, entertainment and recreation (-1,000); and federal government (-1,400, mostly census workers). 


Payroll employment was up in St. Louis and down some in Kansas City in July, while there was relatively little change in the state’s other metropolitan areas. St. Louis showed an increase of 7,800, primarily in local government, where not-seasonally-adjusted employment did not show the usual decrease largely associated with school closings for the summer. In Kansas City, a model changeover layoff at a motor vehicle plant contributed to the over-the-month decrease.




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