Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased 7.1 percent. Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.
The state unemployment rate has declined or held steady each month since June 2011. The jobless rate last month is the lowest in Missouri since December 2008.
This image shows water quality changes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reds and oranges represent high concentrations of algae and river sediment. Under certain conditions excessive algal growth can result in a "dead zone" of low oxygen.
Credit (via NASA/Goddard Conceptual Image Lab)
An illustration of the flow of water from tributaries in the middle of the United States, down the Mississippi River, and into the Gulf of Mexico. Pollutants impacting the health of the River and Gulf can originate far inland.