Missouri’s unemployment number has reached its lowest level since May of 2001. Statistics released by the State Department of Economic Development show statewide unemployment was down two-tenths of a point to 4.4 percent in May. Compared with figures from May of 2005, the jobless rate in Missouri’s larger cities was down, as well. Kansas City saw a decline from 5.5 percent to 4.4 percent, St. Louis saw its rate dip from 5.4 percent to 4.6 percent, and Springfield dropped from 4.3 percent to 3.3 percent.
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