Steady Unemployment in Missouri

6 years 6 months 2 weeks ago May 25, 2010 May 25, 2010 Tuesday, May 25 2010 Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:28:06 PM CDT in News

In Missouri, the unemployment rate has been consistent over the past year. From April 2009 to April 2010 the unemployment rate has raised only slightly from 9.1 percent to 9.4 percent.

Even though the rate remains steady, Missouri is still ranked 20th highest in the county.

"You have people going back to work, but you also have an equal amount of individuals losing their jobs," said Amy Susan, the communications director for the Missouri Department of Labor.

"I'm concerned, but its held pretty steady and I think thats a positive indication of where were going," said Bryan Barnes of the Missouri Career Center. "You know Missouri is taking steps to bring employers into the state."

Employers such as IBM.

"You have 800 jobs, when you do that, you're not only creating jobs, but you're creating sales tax and generating tax revenue," said Susan.

In Boone County the tech sector unemployment rate is 5.42%.

But IBM won't be the only jobs coming to Missouri.

"You're going to have assistants you're going to have janitorial services, you're going to have parking individuals, you're going to have CEOs, so the spectrum of the occupations you're creating is all over the place," said Susan.

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