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

…In August, the West reported the highest regional jobless rate, 10.6 percent, followed by the Midwest, 10.0 percent. The Northeast recorded the lowest rate, 9.0 percent, and 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 August 2008, the largest of which was in the West (+4.1 percentage points)…..

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

Missouri

August 2008 – 6.2%

August 2009 (preliminary) – 9.5%

Over-the-year rate change (preliminary) – 3.3%

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The actual numbers (seasonally adjusted):

Missouri

Civilian labor force (Numbers in thousands)

August 2008 – 3,009.9

June 2009 – 2,995.9

July 2009 – 3,003.3

August 2009 (preliminary) – 3,009.3

Unemployed (Numbers in thousands)

August 2008 – 186.9

June 2009 – 278.0

July 2009 – 279.1

August 2009 (preliminary) – 285.7

Unemployed (Percent of labor force)

August 2008 – 6.2%

June 2009 – 9.3%

July 2009 – 9.3%

August 2009 (preliminary) – 9.5%

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