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How do Unemployment Rates measure up in Southeast Missouri?

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

New numbers show throughout the nation, employers hired more than 100,000 workers in September.

But there are still more than 14 million workers unemployed, and the national rate has stayed above 9 percent since April.

How does Southeast Missouri measure up?

In August 2011, most of the counties in the area have a lower unemployment rate than that time last year, but slightly higher, or the same as July 2011.

Scott Sattler with the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri says despite the recent slight increase in unemployment, he feels positive about the future of jobs in the area.

"One, the work ethic of our area is good, and we're starting to see companies come into the area," said Sattler. "It's a lot better than a year ago, cause employers are starting to feel more comfortable with the economy, and going forward."

Sattler says he thinks the flooding actually may have helped reduce unemployment in the area due to disaster relief clean up jobs.

He also says its important to remember unemployment should go down in upcoming months because of seasonal hiring.

Sattler says they are partnering with the City of Jackson and the City of Cape Girardeau to hold a job fair on October 20th. Contact the Workforce Investment Board for more information.

You can click either link below to see how unemployment is in your county.

Missouri Department of Labor

Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

 

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