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St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area Employment Analysis

( Data Date : November 2018 )

Missouri Employment Data

Missouri, the gateway to the West as symbolized by the St. Louis arch, has transitioned from its agricultural roots, to become a diverse agricultural/industrial/service economy. A proactive tax credit structure and focus on strengthening STEM education in primary and secondary students is laying the foundation for attracting emerging industries in the future. Of the 20 occupations with the highest projected growth rate over the next several years, 10 are health-care related.




State/Metropolitan Employment Data:

St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rate Trends (% change)


  • The unemployment rate in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area, metro area was 2.9% in September 2018, 0.7% lower than last month, and lower by 0% from a year ago.

  • Compared to national and state unemployment rates, the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area, metro area unemployment rate in September 2018 was higher by 2.9% than the U.S. rate of %, and higher by 0.4% than the Missouri state unemployment rate of 2.5%.

  • Total employment in the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area, metro area increased by 3.6% (16145 less persons employed) over the past quarter, and increased by 2.9% ( 1495747 less ) over the past year.

  • The St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area, metro area has an employable civilian labor force (employed + unemployed persons age 16 and older) of 1,468,112 persons.

  • The St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Area, metro area labor force shrunk by 1.3% (32533 persons) over the past quarter, and shrunk by 2.7% (35477 persons) over the past year.

  • Current Rate
    Last Year
    Last QTR
    Last Month
    Difference Since Last Quarter
    2.9%
    + 2.9%
    + 3.6%
    + 3.6%
    -16145


    %97.09 of the Total Labor Force is Employed.


    Employment information is based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Graphs and charts are based on monthly data from 2000 to present (BLS reports monthly data a month to six weeks after the close of each month).

    The data MuniNet Guide uses and presents is seasonally adjusted.