unemployment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis’ Job Growth Slow Compared To Other Cities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-job-growth-slow-compared-other-cities <p>The St. Louis area's job growth has lagged far behind other Midwestern cities and the national average since 2010, but things could be turning around.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The metropolitan area saw 1.8 percent growth in the number of jobs from 2010 to 2013. By contrast, Kansas City had double the growth with 3.5 percent; Chicago saw 4.5 percent, and the national average was even higher at 4.7 percent.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:27:47 +0000 Maria Altman 37473 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis’ Job Growth Slow Compared To Other Cities Former Go! Network Leader Is Now Walking The Walk Through Her Own Career Transition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-go-network-leader-now-walking-walk-through-her-own-career-transition <p>Roni Chambers, who led the now-shuttered <a href="http://gonetworkstl.com">GO! Network</a>, is practicing what she used to preach to white-collar professionals who turned to her nonprofit for help after they lost their jobs during the Great Recession.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:17:34 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 33240 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former Go! Network Leader Is Now Walking The Walk Through Her Own Career Transition Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-mccaskill-odds-over-extending-unemployment-benefits <p>Missouri’s two U.S. senators – Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill – are highlighting their differences when it comes to extending unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.</p><p>On Wednesday, the two held dueling tele-conferences with reporters in which Blunt make clear his opposition and McCaskill underscored her support.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:13:06 +0000 Jo Mannies 32862 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt, McCaskill At Odds Over Extending Unemployment Benefits Missouri Businesses Will Pay Higher Unemployment Taxes In 2014 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-businesses-will-pay-higher-unemployment-taxes-2014 <p>Missouri businesses will have to shell out more money for unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down debt the state owes to the federal government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri began borrowing federal dollars in 2008 to pay for jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund. &nbsp;Brendan </span>Cossette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that led to the feds levying a surcharge on Missouri businesses to repay the borrowed money.</span></p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:11:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 31675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Businesses Will Pay Higher Unemployment Taxes In 2014 Missouri Adds Jobs While Unemployment Rate Increases http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-adds-jobs-while-unemployment-rate-increases <p>A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month, while the state gained 6,200 payroll jobs.</p><p>The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that the August jobless rate was 7.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from July.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report says the biggest increase in jobs was in the government sector. It added 5,700 jobs - including 5,000 for local governments. The agency attributes the gains to the early start to the school year.</span></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:24:49 +0000 The Associated Press 29991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Adds Jobs While Unemployment Rate Increases Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/job-fair-veterans-comes-st-louis <div><div>New jobs await veterans and their spouses Tuesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over one hundred employers will meet with veterans and their spouses during a job fair at America’s Center</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in downtown St. Louis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fair is a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s small business conference for veterans, which lasts until Thursday.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:16:02 +0000 Kristi Luther 28821 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Job Fair For Veterans Comes To St. Louis Unemployment Rate Remains Steady In St. Louis Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unemployment-rate-remains-steady-st-louis-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The unemployment rate in the St. Louis area remained slightly below the national average in May, but a local economics professor says the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> story behind that number isn’t good news.</span></p><p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics released <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.nr0.htm">the non-adjusted data</a> today. That means it does not take into account predictable seasonal changes.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:42:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 27903 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unemployment Rate Remains Steady In St. Louis Region Missouri Unemployment Rate Hits 49-Month Low, But There's A Catch http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-unemployment-rate-hits-49-month-low-theres-catch <p>Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.</p><p>November’s jobless rate is at 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October.&nbsp; At the same time, though, the state lost 6,800 non-farm jobs last month.&nbsp; John Fougere is with the <a href="http://ded.mo.gov/home.aspx">Missouri Department of Economic </a>Development.</p><p>“There’ll be blips from time to time, but we never focus on any one month of data when it comes to the number of jobs gained or lost, but instead the overall trend," Fougere said.&nbsp; "Right now the overall trend of Missouri’s economy appears to be positive.” Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:47:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 7484 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Unemployment Rate Hits 49-Month Low, But There's A Catch Illinois Unemployment Dips To 8.8 Percent http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-unemployment-dips-88-percent <p>Illinois' unemployment rate dipped to 8.8 percent in September.</p><p>That's down from a rate of 9.1 percent in August. And the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the seasonally adjusted figures reported Thursday show Illinois' unemployment rate has fallen 10 times in the past 13 months.</p><p>IDES says Illinois added 13,800 jobs in September, and Director Jay Rowell calls the news "encouraging because it reinforces the trend of continued job growth."</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:53:35 +0000 The Associated Press 5535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Unemployment Dips To 8.8 Percent Unemployment Rate Down Again In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/unemployment-rate-down-again-missouri <p>Missouri's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nearly four years - good news for incumbent Jay Nixon with the election three weeks away.</p><p>The state Department of Economic Development announced this morning that the rate is 6.9 percent - down three-tenths of a point from August, and nearly three points below its recession-era peak in August of 2009.</p><p>The state says companies added 2,500 jobs in September, bringing the total number of new jobs this year to 24,700.</p><p>Nixon applauded the numbers in a statement:</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:21:44 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Unemployment Rate Down Again In Missouri