Counties with the highest unemployment in Missouri

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May 31, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Missouri

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate just shy of 4%, as compared to the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Missouri using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in April 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, an economist told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

Still, as of April 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.9%—little changed from the previous month. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in North Dakota to 5.3% in California.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Missouri.

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#50. Bollinger County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,419 people (183 unemployed)

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#49. Newton County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 27,624 people (931 unemployed)

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#48. St. Clair County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,958 people (137 unemployed)

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#47. Grundy County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,109 people (142 unemployed)

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#46. Carroll County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,793 people (167 unemployed)

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#45. Douglas County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,361 people (187 unemployed)

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#44. Bates County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,825 people (273 unemployed)

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#43. Randolph County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,124 people (357 unemployed)

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#42. Laclede County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 16,941 people (589 unemployed)

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#41. Johnson County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,697 people (827 unemployed)

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#40. Monroe County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,864 people (140 unemployed)

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#39. Linn County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,148 people (187 unemployed)

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#38. Madison County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,287 people (189 unemployed)

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#37. Cedar County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,861 people (212 unemployed)

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#36. Dallas County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,464 people (266 unemployed)

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#35. Wright County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,967 people (288 unemployed)

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#34. Vernon County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,114 people (332 unemployed)

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#33. Jackson County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 369,717 people (13,133 unemployed)

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#32. Sullivan County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,537 people (95 unemployed)

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#31. Audrain County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,787 people (364 unemployed)

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#30. Adair County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,188 people (378 unemployed)

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#29. Crawford County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,645 people (391 unemployed)

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#28. McDonald County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,732 people (445 unemployed)

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#27. Oregon County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,066 people (157 unemployed)

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#26. Hickory County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,398 people (171 unemployed)

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#25. Dent County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,214 people (240 unemployed)

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#24. Washington County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,125 people (396 unemployed)

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#23. Barry County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,117 people (555 unemployed)

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#22. Camden County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 19,654 people (774 unemployed)

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#21. Morgan County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,530 people (344 unemployed)

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#20. Texas County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,218 people (366 unemployed)

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#19. Howell County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 16,320 people (650 unemployed)

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#18. Reynolds County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,647 people (109 unemployed)

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#17. Ripley County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,207 people (212 unemployed)

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#16. Mississippi County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,135 people (213 unemployed)

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#15. Pulaski County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,021 people (609 unemployed)

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#14. Butler County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,654 people (731 unemployed)

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#13. St. Francois County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 26,020 people (1,069 unemployed)

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#12. Taney County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 26,238 people (1,104 unemployed)

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#11. Shannon County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,376 people (144 unemployed)

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#10. Stone County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,668 people (607 unemployed)

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#9. Carter County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,466 people (111 unemployed)

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#8. Stoddard County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,813 people (581 unemployed)

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#7. Wayne County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,832 people (220 unemployed)

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#6. Benton County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,381 people (347 unemployed)

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#5. New Madrid County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,543 people (403 unemployed)

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#4. Iron County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,496 people (171 unemployed)

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#3. Ozark County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,551 people (176 unemployed)

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#2. Pemiscot County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,895 people (330 unemployed)

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#1. Dunklin County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,557 people (645 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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