November jobs report released by DED


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Department of Economic Development (DED) released the jobs report for Nov. 2015 on Tuesday, showing a decrease in unemployment.

Missouri’s unemployment rate was at 5 percent, but now sits at 4.7 percent – a drop of three-tenths of a point. Missouri had the 25th lowest unemployment rate in the country for October and now sits below the national average of 5 percent. North Dakota had the lowest at 2.8 percent.

DED reports nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,200 jobs with the construction industry led in growth with the addition of 1,500 jobs.

“Today’s report showing Missouri’s unemployment rate dropping to the lowest point in nearly a decade is another major milestone in our continued economic recovery,” Gov. Nixon said. “Since my very first day in office, growing the economy and creating jobs for Missouri families have been my top priorities. There is still more work to do, but by balancing budgets and making smart investments, we will continue to create jobs and build a stronger and more prosperous future for our state.”

The new rate is the lowest Missouri has seen since April 2006.

Rachael Herndon is the editor at The Missouri Times, but also produces This Week in Missouri Politics and publishes Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.

Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.

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