Unemployment rates in northern Missouri take a huge dive compared to August


County unemployment rates are down considerably when comparing the September numbers with August.

The Division of Employment Security reports Missouri’s unemployment rate last month dropped to 4.3% compared to an August rate that was 7.1%.

For Grundy County, the state report shows 108 unemployed out of a civilian labor force of just over 4,300. That’s a jobless rate of 2-1/2%. That’s a big drop from 5.7% in August. This years’ September figures are similar to one year ago when Grundy County had an unemployment rate of 2.4% – with 101 out of work.

September rates among north-central Missouri counties ranged from Linn County at 4.1% to Mercer County at 1.9%.

Those with jobless rates between 2% and 2.9% are Macon, DeKalb, Harrison, Sullivan, Chariton, Daviess, Livingston, and Gentry counties.

Area counties with unemployment rates of at least 3% but less than 4% are Clinton, Carroll, Putnam, Adair, Caldwell, and Worth.