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St. Charles County jobless rate down again in April

St. Charles County’s unemployment rate in April dropped to 3.3 percent, the lowest among Missouri counties in the St. Louis region.

The county’s April rate was down significantly from 3.8 percent in March, and 4 percent in April 2015.

The 3.3 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 before, 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, 212.709 of the county’s estimated workforce of 219,941 were employed in April.  The center estimated that 7.232 persons were unemployed in April, compared to 8,349 in March. Last April, an estimated 8,637 county residents were jobless.

Nationally the jobless rate was 4.7 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in March, and 5.1 percent last April. Missouri’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in April, down from 4.8 percent in March, and 5.1 percent last April.

Unemployment rates in April hovered between four percent range much of the St. Louis region.  April 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 percent in April, compared to 4.4 percent in March, and 4.8 percent in April 2015. The city of St. Louis’ rate was 5.1 percent in April, down from 5.5 percent in March and 6.3 percent last April

Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 4 percent in April, down from 4.8 percent in March, and 5.1 percent last April. Franklin County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in April, down from 4.9 percent in March and 5.3 percent last April.

Lincoln County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in March, and 5.3 percent last April. Warren County’s jobless rate was 4 percent in April, down from 4.7 percent in March, and 4.9 percent last April.

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 2.9 percent in April, down from 3.3 percent in March, 3.6 percent last April.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 3.4 percent in April, down from 4 percent in March, and 4.1 percent last April. St. Peters’ jobless rate was 3.1 percent in April, down from 3.4 percent in March and 3.7 percent last April. Wentzville’s jobless rate was 2.6 percent in April down from 3.1 percent in March, and 3.2 percent last April.

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