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Springfield metro area unemployment rate ticks up

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The unemployment rate for the Springfield metropolitan statistical area moved up in March but stayed below 3%, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The jobless rate in the MSA ticked up to 2.8% in March, compared with 2.7% in February, according to a news release. The preliminary data is not seasonally adjusted.

All but two of Missouri's eight MSAs recorded unemployment rate increases last month.

The state's metro areas, by March unemployment rates, are:
• Columbia, 2.5%, up from 2.3% in February;
• Jefferson City, 2.8%, up from 2.7%;
• Springfield, 2.8%, up from 2.7%;
• Cape Girardeau, 3.2%, up from 3%;
• Joplin, 3.2%, up from 2.9%;
• St. Joseph, 3.2%, up from 3.1%;
• Kansas City, 3.4%, down from 3.7%; and
• St. Louis, 3.7%, flat.

The BLS release indicates Missouri's unemployment rate in March was 3.6%, down from 3.7% in February.

Nationally, compared with the same month a year earlier, March unemployment rates were lower in 386 of the 389 metro areas measured by the BLS and higher in three. The Springfield MSA's March 2021 unemployment rate was 4.1%.

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