Missouri's Jobless Rate Dips

OCTOBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state's unemployment rate dipped slightly last month to five percent.

That's according to a report from the state Department of Economic Development.

The agency says the September jobless rate in Missouri was down one-tenth of a percentage point from August. The national unemployment rate for September was four-point-six percent.

Missouri's non-farm payroll jobs last month were down 82-hundred from the August figure on a seasonally adjusted basis. But the agency points out that the school year started unusually early in August, pumping up the non-farm payroll job count for that month.

Meanwhile, construction and manufacturing jobs both showed big gains in September.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)