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Jobless rates edged up in January

St. Charles County’s jobless rate jumped in January to its highest level since last August, but the rate was still the lower that month than the state, nation and among Missouri counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.7 percent of its workforce in January, a jump up from 4 percent in December and the highest one month rate in the county since the 4.8 percent estimate last August. The county’s jobless rate was estimated at 5.5 percent last January.

According to recently released data, the county jobless rate rose in January.

According to recently released data, the county jobless rate rose in January.

Unemployment rates in general edged up in Missouri, nationally, among neighboring counties as well as in cities in St. Charles County this January, the latest month that statistics are available. The statistics are compiled by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

St. Charles County’s January jobless rate also was lower than the 5.5 percent rate for the same month in Missouri and 5.7 percent rate nationally.

Neighboring counties also saw their jobless rates rise in January.

The city of St. Louis’ rate was 7 percent in January, up from 6.5 percent in December. St. Louis County’s rate rose to 5.4 percent from 4.8 percent in December. Jefferson County’s rate was 6.3 percent in January, up a full percentage point in one month. Franklin County’s rate was 6.4 percent in January, up from 5.5 percent. Warren County’s 6.5 percent January rate was up from 5.2 percent in December. Lincoln County’s rate was 6.6 percent in January, up from 5.5 per cent.

The jobless rate also rose in the county’s four largest municipalities.

O’Fallon, the county’s largest municipality, saw its jobless rate rise to 4 percent in January, up from 3.4 percent in December. St. Peters’ rate was 4.4 percent in January, up from 3.8 percent. St. Charles’ jobless rate was 4.8 percent in January, up from 4.2 percent in December. Wentzville’s jobless rate was 4 percent in January, up from 3.3 percent the month before.

An estimated 198,680 St. Charles County residents out of the county’s estimated workforce of 208,456, were employed in January, with 9,776 persons listed as jobless that month.

The number of county residents listed as jobless remained under 10,000 as it has since last September according to state estimates. The number of jobless dropped below 10,000 in April 2014, before edging above that mark until last September.

Before last April, the number of persons estimated to be jobless remained above 10, 000 persons since April 2008. Last January, the number of unemployed was estimated at 11,300.

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