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Unemployment rate rises again in Springfield metro area

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The Springfield metropolitan statistical area posted another increase in its unemployment rate.

The June jobless rate was 4%, up from 3.5% in May, according to a news release. May's rate was up from 3.1% in April for the five-county Springfield MSA comprising Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk and Dallas counties.

All of Missouri's eight metro areas posted unemployment rate increases in June:
• Jefferson City, 3.5%, up from 3.2% in May;
• Columbia, 3.6%, up from 3.1%;
• Springfield, 4%, up from 3.5%;
• St. Joseph, 4.3%, up from 3.6%;
• Cape Girardeau, 4.5%, up from 3.8%;
• Joplin, 4.5%, up from 4%;
• St. Louis, 5.3%, up from 4.6%; and
• Kansas City, 5.4%, up from 5%.

Missouri's unemployment rate in June was 5.1%, an increase from 4.7% in May, according to the BLS. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Nationally, compared with the same month a year earlier, June unemployment rates were lower in 386 of the 389 metro areas measured by the BLS. The Springfield MSA's June 2020 unemployment rate was 7.5%.

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One more lockdown or q continuation of the ridiculous fear that has gripped our community and you can kiss more small business good bye. Small biz employees 80% of Americans. The Americans who want to work! The very best thing you can do to protect yourself against the COVID is turn your TV off. Come to realize that your local news outlets are as corrupt as the National ones. All about the $$$. THINK!

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