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St. Charles County’s jobless rate below four percent, lowest in St. Louis region

St. Charles County’s unemployment rate in March was 3.8 percent, the lowest among Missouri counties in the St. Louis region.

The county’s March rate was down slightly from 3.9 percent in February and 4 percent in January. Last March, the county’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

The 3.8 percent rate was among the lowest one month rates for the county in recent years and the only county rate in the Missouri portion of the St. Louis region that was below 4 percent in March.  That’s according to statistics from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

The county’s jobless rate has been as low as 3 percent last November and December and had dropped below four percent beginning in August 2015. Before 2015, the last time the county had a rate lower than 4 percent was 3.9 percent in March 2007, state center statistics.

In all, 211,048 of the county’s estimated workforce of 219,433 were employed in March.  The center estimated that 8,385 persons were unemployed in March, compared to 8,550 in February. Last March, an estimated 10, 061 persons were jobless.

Nationally the jobless rate was 5.1 percent in March, down slightly from 5.2 percent in February, and 5.6 percent last March.  Missouri’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in March, compared to 5 percent in February, and 5.8 percent last March.

Unemployment rates in March hovered between four and five percent throughout the rest of the Missouri portion of the St. Louis region.  March jobless rates were down in Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln and Warren counties and the same in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis County’s rate remained at 4.4 percent in March, the same rate as February, but down from 5.3 percent last March. The city of St. Louis’ rate was 5.5 percent in March and February but down from 6.9 percent last March.

Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in March, down from 5.2 percent in February, and 6.1 percent last March.  Franklin County’s jobless rate was 4.9 percent in March, down from 5.3 percent in February, and 6.3 percent last March.

Lincoln County’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from 5.6 percent in February, and 6.7 percent last March. Warren County’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in March, down from 5.1 percent in February, and down from 6 percent last March.

There were minor fluctuations in the jobless rates among the St. Charles County’s four largest municipalities.

O’Fallon, the county’s largest city, had a jobless rate of 3.3 percent in March, down slightly from 3.4 percent in February, and 3.9 percent in March 2015.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 4 percent in March, compared to 4.2 percent in February, and 4.9 percent last March.  St. Peters’ jobless rate was 3.4 percent in March, compared to 3.5 percent in February, and 4.5 percent last March. Wentzville’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in March, the same rate as February, but down compared to 3.7 percent last

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