Missouri's unemployment rate was down in November, according to the latest state data.
The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate dipped to 3.5% in November from 3.7% in October, according to a news release.
Last month, Missouri employers added 7,600 jobs compared with October. Some representative industries with increases during November included professional and business services, up by 3,100 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, up 3,000; and leisure and hospitality, up 1,600.
Partially offsetting the gains was a 2,900-job decrease in manufacturing, with government employment dropping by 400 jobs over the month, according to the release.
"The increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from April 2021 to June 2021 appeared to be related to a temporary shortage in the supply of semiconductor chips, which caused production slowdowns in some manufacturing industries," officials said in the release.
A pair of area medical colleges that received state grant funding in the fall are now investing the funds toward technology and new programs with the intent of attracting more students to the nursing profession.