State labor force drops by more than 12,000

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From the Missouri Journal, Used by Permission
By Brian Hook

While the state’s unemployment rate inched lower last month, the number of workers in the labor force also continued to decrease.

The unemployment rate in Missouri fell to 7.1 percent in June compared to 7.3 percent in May, according to the latest report released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The number of employees in the civilian labor force in the state also fell by 12,603 compared to the previous month. The labor force is down by 34,468 compared to the same month last year.

People leave the labor force for any number of reasons. To be included in the number of unemployed reported by the state, however, a person must actively be seeking new employment.

Nonfarm payrolls, meanwhile, dropped by 4,000 from May to June and fell by 4,100 compared to the same month last year.

The state lost 3,100 local government jobs during the month, but gained 1,000 federal government jobs and 700 state jobs. Private sector jobs fell by 2,600 in June.

By Brian R. Hook, brhook@missourijournal.com, (314) 482-7944

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