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Missouri Unemployment Drops in October

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's unemployment rate dipped slightly last month.

The federal Labor Department says Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in October.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised rate for September.

Missouri ranked in the bottom third of among states and was slightly higher than the national rate of 5.5 percent.

There was little change in the state's labor market. The seasonally adjusted figures showed total non-farm jobs dipped by about 3,300 from September to October.

The labor report showed slight job declines in manufacturing and government and slight increases in the leisure and hospitality industry and the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

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