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

…In July, the West reported the highest regional jobless rate, 10.5 percent, followed by the Midwest, 10.2 percent.  The Northeast recorded the lowest rate, 8.7 percent.  The West was the only region with a statistically significant over-the-month rate change (+0.3 percentage point).  All four regions experienced significant unemployment rate increases from July 2008, the largest of which were in the West (+4.2 percentage points) and Midwest (+4.0 points)….

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

Missouri

July 2008 – 6.1%

July 2009 (preliminary) – 9.3%

Over-the-year rate change (preliminary) – 3.2%

The actual numbers (seasonally adjusted):

Missouri

Civilian labor force (Numbers in thousands)

July 2008 – 3,010.0

May 2009 – 3,010.4

June 2009 – 2,995.9

July 2009 (preliminary) – 3,002.2

Unemployed (Numbers in thousands)

July 2008 – 182.6

May 2009 – 270.9

June 2009 – 278.0

July 2009 (preliminary) – 278.7

Unemployed (Percent of labor force)

July 2008 – 6.1%

May 2009 – 9.0%

June 2009 – 9.3%

July 2009 (preliminary) – 9.3%

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