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Missouri Unemployment Went Up in August Despite More Jobs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development released new data Tuesday evening, which found the biggest increase among government jobs.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Unemployment in Missouri edged up to 7.2 percent in August, despite the addition of 6,200 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development released new data Tuesday evening, which found the biggest increase among government jobs.

In fact, the department says there were 5,000 jobs added in the local government sector, attributed to an early start of the school year.

Healthcare and social assistance; administrative support and waste management services; as well as construction saw employment gains in August 2013.

The largest job gains for the year occurred in leisure and hospitality (14,800), healthcare and social assistance (10,500), and construction (8,300).

Missouri's civilian labor force also increased by 3,800 last month and has grown by 20,900 over the past year.

The unemployment rate in July was 7.1 percent.
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