Saint Louis, MO Jobs Report
This month’s unemployment rate was 4.8% vs. 5.1% expected, 5.2% in August. U.S. employers unexpectedly hired at a slower pace in September than in August. This is likely due to the labor supply shortages and virus-related impacts that are still putting pressure on the economic recovery.
The latest coronavirus wave led to a second straight month of disappointing job growth in September, as Americans avoided restaurants and travel and were reluctant to rejoin the workforce.
Total employment has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, the civilian labor force was still down by about 3.1 million individuals compared to February 2020 as of September.
*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.
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