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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for April 2009:

…Two states, Missouri and Nebraska, posted significant jobless rate decreases from the prior month (-0.6 and -0.3 percentage point, respectively)…

The percentage unemployment for Missouri, compared to a year ago:

Missouri

April 2008 – 5.6%

April 2009 (preliminary) – 8.1%

Over-the-year rate change (preliminary) – 2.5%

The actual numbers (seasonally adjusted):

Missouri

Civilian labor force (Numbers in thousands)

April 2008 – 3,010.4

February 2009 – 3,019.7

March 2009 – 3,014.0

April 2009 (preliminary) – 3,008.5

Unemployed (Numbers in thousands)

April 2008 – 169.9

February 2009 – 251.9

March 2009 – 261.7

April 2009 (preliminary) – 242.9

Unemployed (Percent of labor force)

April 2008 – 5.6%

February 2009 – 8.3%

March 2009 – 8.7%

April 2009 (preliminary) – 8.1%

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Note that the total number of employed in the civilian labor force still dropped from March 2009 to April 2009.