A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged higher last month, while the state gained 6,200 payroll jobs.
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.
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.
The education and health services sector added 1,800 jobs.
CNN Money has released a list of the top 5 cities it considers to be the main up-and-comers on the IT jobs scene. New York City still "leads the pack" in tech jobs, followed by the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area - but the top 5 "growing" cities are St. Louis, Charlotte, Austin, Phoenix and Detroit. CNN Money says the tech job market in St. Louis has jumped 25 percent in the last year with a median salary of about $81,000.
As of September, 11.7 million people were unemployed. But that doesn't include people who were working part time because they can't find a full-time job. It also doesn't include people who wanted a job but haven't looked for work in the past four weeks.
Update, 8:52 a.m.: The number of non-farm jobs in the U.S. increased by 96,000 in August, according to the jobs report. Three years into the recovery, the U.S. jobs picture is still bleak. There are 4.7 million fewer jobs today than there were in January 2008, the month when employment peaked.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing additional training efforts and boosting exports to spur job creation.
Nixon traveled Monday to western Missouri to discuss a development plan he called "Missouri Works." The proposal includes setting up an online information center for Missouri businesses seeking to expand exports. It also suggests opening export offices in Asia and South America.
Reporting from KCUR's Elana Gordon used in this report.
Missouri has received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than 4,000 underemployed adults in the health services sector. Governor Jay Nixon led the effort to bring the funds to the state’s 12 or so community colleges. Deborah Goodall is with Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City and said the grant will help equip adults with high demand health care skills.