MISSOURI -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced last week that labor market conditions for the state were relatively unchanged for the month of October.
The unemployment rate in the state has been fairly steady over the past four months, varying a 10th of a point from the current 5.6 percent rate. A year ago the rate was 5.5 percent
Oregon County falls in the lower portion of the unemployment rate in the state. Last month Oregon County showed an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. This is compared to 3.9 percent in October of 2003. The highest unemployment rate in the state was found in Linn County, showing 11.3.
The county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state was Nodaway County, with 1.5.
Howell County showed an unemployment rate of 5.1 compared to 5.9 in 2003. Shannon County showed an unemployment rate of 7.4 compared to 6.9 last year. Shannon County is boosted by the high number of seasonal jobs held by workers in the county. When the weather cools in October tourism in the county generally slows.