Missouri’s unemployment rate has dropped again and the state economic development department reports a fifth straight month of job growth. The department says the unemployment for June stood at 9.1% in June, down from 9.3% in May. That’s the lowest percentage in a year.
Department spokesman John Fougere says construction added 1,100 jobs in June—a smaller number than usual, perhaps. But he says that’s a reflection of the housing industry.
Fougere says job gains more than offset the loss of 3,300 census jobs. The department says the private sector added 6,000 new jobs in June with growth in construction, durable goods manufacturing, and transportation, utilities, and warehousing.