Unemployment Rate
6:02 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent

A new report says Missouri's March unemployment rate fell by three-tenths of a point to 9.1 percent.

Monday's report from the state Department of Economics also says Missouri employers added a net of more than 24,000 jobs last month.

The hospitality and leisure sector had the biggest gain, adding about 6,300 jobs, while retailers added 5,800 jobs. Other notable increases were construction, with 4,200 jobs added, and business and professional services, up by 2,700 jobs.

The St. Louis area reported a net increase of 13,100 jobs, while the Kansas City area gained about 6,000.