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St. Charles County sees continued improvement in employment

St. Charles County’s unemployment rate dropped in April to the lowest point so far in 2015 but not quite to the levels in the last three months of last year.

Still, the county’s April jobless rate was the lower than that of four adjacent Missouri counties, the St. Louis region as a whole and state and national rates. The statistics are the latest available from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

The county’s jobless rate was estimated at 4.3 percent of its workforce in April, down from 4.9 in March and February and 4.7 percent in January. The 4.3 percent rate, however, was higher than the 4 percent rate in December and November and the 3.9 percent last October. The rate was lower than the 4.6 percent rate in April last year.

The county’s rate was lower than the 5.4 percent rate for the Missouri portion of the St. Louis region. Franklin County’s rate was 5.7 percent, Jefferson County’s rate was 5.5 percent, Lincoln County’s rate was 5.7 percent, St. Louis County’s rate was 5.3 percent and the city of St. Louis’ rate was 6.8 percent. All the counties and St. Louis saw their rates drop since March.

Missouri’s jobless rate in April was 5.5 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March. The national unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in April, a drop from 5.6 percent in March.

In all, 202,587 persons out of St. Charles County’s estimated workforce of 211,702 were employed in April with the number of jobless county residents dropping below the 10,000 person mark at 9,115.

The county’s four largest municipalities saw their jobless rates drop in April from March. O’Fallon, the county’s largest municipality, had a jobless rate of 3.8 percent in April, down from 4.1 percent in March, and 4 percent last April. There were an estimated 1,795 persons jobless out of the city’s estimated workforce of 46,648.

St. Peters’ jobless rate was 4 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent the month before and 4.7 percent in April 2014. There were an estimated 1,311 persons out of the city’s estimated workforce of 32, 780 out of work in April.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 4.5 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in March, and 4.7 percent last April. In all, 1,698 people out of the city’s estimated 37,679 workforce were jobless in April.

Wentzville’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent in April, down from 3.9 percent in March, and 3.9 percent in April 2014.

There were an estimated 626 out of the city’s estimated 17,552 workforce out of work in April.

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