JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - The Missouri Department of Economic Development has released its January 2013 state jobs report.
Data shows in January the state's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in 52 months, dropping by one-tenth of a point from the revised December 2012 figure of 6.6 percent.
The unemployment rate in the United States for January was at 7.9 percent.
A spokesperson for Missouri's DED says the state's unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate for 41 consecutive months.
Data also showed that Missouri payrolls decreased by 4,700 jobs in January.