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St. Charles County jobless rate up slightly in August, but below nearby counties, state and nation

St. Charles County’s estimated unemployment rate went up slightly in August joining a general uptick that occurred in neighboring counties, Missouri and the nation.

The county’s rate was 4.1 percent in August, up from 3.9 percent in July, and 3.6 percent last August.

In all, 212,045 of the county’s estimated workforce of 221,060 was employed in August with an estimated 9,015 persons listed as jobless. In July, an estimated 8,654 persons were listed as jobless, compared to 7,767 last August.

Still, St. Charles County’s August rate was still lower than five neighboring counties and the city of St. Louis.  St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, Warren and Lincoln counties along with the city of St. Louis had jobless rates above 4.6 percent in August.

The statistics and estimates are compiled by the Missouri Economic and Research Information Center. They are the lastest one month totals available.

Nationally the jobless rate was 5 percent in August, compared to 5.1 percent in July and 5.2 percent in August 2015. Missouri’s jobless rate was also estimated at 5.4 percent in August, up from 5.2 percent in July, and 4.9 percent last August.

St. Louis County’s rate was at 5.1 percent in August, up from 4.8 percent in July, and 4.5 percent last August. The city of St. Louis’ rate was 6.6 percent in August, compared to 6.2 percent in July, and 6 percent last August.

Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 4.9 percent in August, compared to 4.7 percent in July, and 4.4 percent last August.  Franklin County’s jobless rate was 4.9 percent in August, the same rate as July, down from 4.6 percent last August.  .

Lincoln County’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent in August, compared to 4.7 percent July, and 4.7 percent last August.

Warren County’s jobless rate was 4.6 percent in August, compared to 4.3 percent in July, and 4.2 percent last July.

Jobless rates among the St. Charles County’s four largest municipalities were up slightly in August compared to the month before.  O’Fallon, the county’s largest city, had a jobless rate of 3.7 percent in August, up from 3.3 percent in July, and 3.1 percent last August.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 4.2 percent in August, the same rate as July, and up from 3.7 percent last August.

St. Peters’ jobless rate was 3.9 percent in August, the same as July, and up from 3.6 percent last August.  Wentzville’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent in August, up from 3 percent in July, and the same rate last August

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