ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s not great, but the St. Louis employment picture has improved over the last year, more so than Kansas City and Missouri as a whole.
According to the latest numbers, the region added 1,700 jobs from October of ’09 through last October. Dropping the unemployment rate from 10.2 percent to 9.3 percent.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Economist, Linda Nickisch, says that’s because the manufacturing sector has stabilized .
“It looks like from October of last year to October of this year St. Louis has not lost any manufacturing jobs,” said Nickisch.
Growth in education, health care and hospitality fueled a .1 percent growth in employment.
The education and health services sector saw a growth of 4,400 new jobs, while the hospitality and leisure sector added 1,300 jobs over the past year.
Kansas City’s employment numbers fell 1.5 percent since last year, Missouri’s dropped .6 percent while the nation’s employment numbers increased .5 percent.
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