Unemployment Data Series


2004 Annual Average


Missouri's average unemployment rate during 2004 was 5.7%. The state's labor force increased by 17,249 to 3,031,105 in 2004, while employment increased by 13,095 over the year to 2,858,897. Unemployment was also up from 2003. (See definitions below.)

Missouri Annual Average Employment Statistics

 

Labor Force

Employment

Unemployment

Rate (%)

2004

3,031,105

2,858,897

172,208

5.7

2003

3,013,856

2,845,802

168,054

5.6

2002

2,994,522

2,837,544

156,978

5.2

2001

2,990,992

2,856,402

134,590

4.5

2000

2,950,404

2,854,164

96,240

3.3

1999

2,911,190

2,819,853

91,337

3.1

1998

2,910,871

2,794,869

116,002

4.0

1997

2,904,214

2,780,185

124,029

4.3

1996

2,869,406

2,734,860

134,546

4.7

1995

2,822,199

2,690,210

131,989

4.7

1994

2,758,661

2,622,286

136,375

4.9

 

Chart 1. Labor Force, 2004.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor

 

Chart 2. Unemployment Rate, 2004.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor

Definitions

Labor Force: The labor force includes all persons classified as employed or unemployed as reported in the monthly Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Persons under 16 years of age, all inmates of institutions and persons on active duty in the Armed Forces are excluded from the civilian labor force. Those who have no job and are not looking for one are not in the labor force. Common reasons for not being in the labor force include going to school, retirement, family responsibilities, and physical or mental disabilities.

Employment: Number of persons 16 years and over in the civilian non-institutional population who, during the Current Population Survey reference week:

  • Did any work for pay or profit:
  • Did at least 15 hours of unpaid work in a family-operated enterprise;
  • Were temporarily absent from their regular jobs because of illness, vacation, bad weather, industrial dispute, or various personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off.

Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job. Excluded are persons whose only activity consisted of work around their own house (painting, repairing, housework) or volunteer work for religious, charitable, and other organizations.

Unemployment: Number of persons 16 years and over who:

  • Did not have a job at all during the survey week, made specific active efforts to find a job during the prior 4 weeks, and were available for work;
  • Were not working and were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off.

Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the labor force.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey

                                                                                                  


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