Columbia Unemployment Numbers Best in the State

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COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia reported excellent unemployment numbers for the month of December.

Only 3.7 percent of Columbia residents are unemployed and the unemployment rate fell almost two percent since last July.

Columbia's 3.7 percent rate compared well to the rest of the state, beating Kansas City's 4.9 percent and St. Louis' 6.6 percent.

The city's numbers mirror a statewide trend with Missouri's unemployment rate the lowest it's been since 2008.

Columbia's 3.7 percent was also the 17th-lowest unemployment rate in the country.