JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The unemployment rate in Missouri rose from 6.9 percent in June to 7.1 percent in July.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its July 2013 State Jobs Report Tuesday.
The DED says the state's unemployment edged up to 7.1 percent, while in comparison, the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 7.4 percent.
This is the 47th consecutive month Missouri's rate was lower than the national unemployment rate.
While total nonfarm payroll employment in Missouri decreased by a net of 100 jobs from the previous month, private sector employment grew by 2,900 jobs. This includes growth in a number of industries including construction, adding 1,700 jobs, professional, scientific & technical services, adding 1,200 new jobs, and private educational services, adding 1,600 new jobs.
Transportation, warehousing, and utilities added 1,000 positions in July.