Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 1.3 percentage points from November to December, 2020.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development says non-farm payroll employment actually went up by 10,400 jobs in December and job losses from COVID-19 shutdowns fell below 100,000, but the civilian labor force increased by more than 70,000 over the month.
The report says the labor market still showed substantial losses from 2019 levels, and ongoing COVID infections still post a threat of ongoing economic challenges.
The state’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 1.3 percentage points in December, jumping to 5.8% from a revised November rate of 4.5%.
Despite the increase, Missouri’s seasonally adjusted rate has either been below or equal to the national rate for 69 straight months.