The new figures, which are not seasonally adjusted, show 11,414 people in St. Louis City are unemployed, a rate of 8.2 percent.
Newly released figures show Missouri’s unemployment rate declined in September and October and now stands at 6.5 percent.
The Missouri Department of Labor says the decision to give furloughed federal employees back pay for their time off has put Missouri in a state of uncertainty.
States around the country have seen a spike in unemployment claims since the beginning of the government shutdown and Missouri has adjusted its claims system just to keep up.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez tells KMOX News the thousands of “government-type” jobs lost in the past few years have been a hindrance.
McCaskill says the employment picture has improved for those who have served in America’s military. The jobless rate for veterans stands at 7.7 percent, down from 8.9 percent a year ago.
PRIDE St. Louis Executive Director Jim LaMantia says the only reason to celebrate a jobless figure of around 20 percent is that it was up to 35 percent during the Great Recession.
To avoid costs from the new Affordable Care Act, small businesses are planning to decrease employee hours.
Employees fired for missing work and for disobeying company rules could have a harder time claiming unemployment benefits.
East St. Louis had the highest unemployment rate, 16.6 percent, up from 15.8 percent in February of 2012.