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After a year, St. Louis is still down 75,000 jobs

The state of Missouri lost more than 130,000 jobs over the past year
Credit: St. Louis Business Journal

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is down more than 75,000 jobs in a year, state figures released Wednesday show.

The metro counted 1.34 million non-farm jobs in February, off from 1.41 million in the same month last year, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center reported.

Leisure and hospitality shed the most positions during that period: more than 33,000.

In the shorter-term, St. Louis has been stagnant. It lost 400 jobs from January to February this year, the state said, adding that overall, it was "probably the result of deteriorating weather conditions."

Statewide, there were 11,600 fewer jobs from January to February, the state said, with more than 130,000 jobs lost over the past year.

Still, it said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.3% in January to 4.2% in February. Unemployed Missourians totaled 128,934 in February, down by 1,615 from January's 130,549, the state said.

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