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St. Charles County jobless rate drops below 4 percent in September

St. Charles County’s estimated unemployment rate fell in September as did rates in neighboring counties, Missouri and the nation.

The county’s rate was 3.7 percent in September, compared to 4.1 percent in August and 3.3 percent last August. The county’s rate, as usual, was lower than its five neighboring Missouri counties, the city of St. Louis, the state and nation as a whole.

St. Charles County’s rate also was the only the only one to drop below four percent among nearby counties. For seven of the last nine months, the county’s rate has been under four percent. So far this year, the highest jobless rate in the county was 4.1 percent in August while the lowest rate was three percent in May.

In all, 213,849 of the county’s estimated workforce of 222,032 were employed in September with an estimated 8,183 people listed as jobless. That compares to 8,982 people listed as jobless in August and 7,112 jobless last September.

The statistics and estimates are compiled by the Missouri Economic and Research Information Center.

Nationally, the jobless rate was 4.8 percent in September, compared to five percent in August and 4.9 percent last September. Missouri’s jobless rate was also estimated at 4.7 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in August and up from 4.3 percent last September.

St. Louis County’s rate was at 4.5 percent in September, down from 5.1 percent in August, and up from four percent in September 2015. The city of St. Louis’ rate was 5.6.percent in September, down from 6.6 percent in August but higher than 5.3 percent last September.

Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent in September, down from 4.9 percent in August, but higher than the estimated four percent last September. Franklin County’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent in September, down from 4.9 percent in August but higher than 4.1 percent last September.

Lincoln County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in September, compared to 4.8 percent in August and 4.1 percent in September 2015.

Warren County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in September, compared to 4.6 percent in August and 3.9 percent last September.

Jobless rates among the St. Charles County’s four largest municipalities also dropped in September. O’Fallon, the county’s largest city, had a jobless rate of 3.5 percent in September, compared to 3.7 percent in August but up from 2.9 percent last September.

St. Charles’ jobless rate was 3.8 percent in September, down from 4.2 percent in August but up from 3.4 percent last September.

St. Peters’ jobless rate was 3.3 percent in September, compared to 3.9 percent in August and 3.1 percent last September.

Wentzville’s jobless rate was 3.2 percent in September, down from 3.5 percent in August but up from 2.9 percent last September.

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