Here's how unemployment in Dunklin County, Missouri compares

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February 13, 2024

Here's how unemployment in Dunklin County, Missouri compares

Dunklin County's unemployment rate in December was 5.4%—ranked #2 highest out of 114 in the state.

Nationally, unemployment has leveled with pre-COVID rates, measuring between 3.5% and 4% for most of the past two years. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed a 3.7% unemployment rate in January. Previously, unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7% at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, and those rates remained elevated through late 2021.

Though national unemployment has mostly normalized, local economies vary widely. Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to analyze unemployment in Dunklin County over time, and how it stacks up within Missouri and across the nation.

The unemployment rate in Dunklin County is 1.7 percentage points above the national level, and 2.1 percentage points above the state level. It ranks #2 among counties in Missouri—ranked first by the preliminary December 2023 unemployment rate, then breaking ties by the number of unemployed people. It trails behind Ozark County, with an unemployment rate of 5.6%, but surpasses Pemiscot County (5.0%).

In real terms, it means an estimated 595 of Dunklin County's approximately 11,042 working residents are out of a job at the moment. That's 63 more than last month and 169 more than a year ago. Some economists fret another recession may be on the horizon, which would drive unemployment up with business closures and layoffs.

This story was produced using automation across 3,100 counties, boroughs, and parishes, based on writing and data reporting by Paxtyn Merten.

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