The state’s non-farm payroll employment increased by 3,600 jobs in June on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
Missouri’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in June, down from 9.3 in May.
The unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in June of last year. Between January 2009 and June 2009, the state lost approximately 49,000 jobs.
“We are highly encouraged by the positive moment we are seeing in Missouri’s economy, as the state is now averaging the creation of 5,300 new jobs each month since February, with most of the growth coming from the private sector,” John Fougere, spokesperson at the Missouri Department of Economic Development told Missouri Watchdog.
“We are hopeful that the 2010 economic recovery trend continues, and we will continue to work to create jobs and boost investment in our state.”
The private sector added 6,000 new jobs in June, with growth in construction, durable goods manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities, according to the economic development department. The increases came despite the loss of 3,300 federal government jobs in June, mostly temporary Census Bureau workers.
By Brian R. Hook, firstname.lastname@example.org, (314) 482-7944