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The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.
The Burgundy Book, a quarterly snapshot of the local economy, shows a decrease in unemployment, which is fueling that positive sentiment.
“The levy increase would generate $55,000 more in revenue. It was not clear at all to us what that revenue would go towards”
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.