by Sam Clanton
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s unemployment rate edged up by a tenth of a point in April to 4-point-3 percent, but remained below the national average for a 23rd consecutive month.
According to the Department of Economic Development, the state gained 15-thousand jobs last month, bringing nonfarm payroll employment to a record high at more than 2-point-8 million, surpassing the previous record set in February of 2008.
Several industries grew in April, with the largest gains occurring in Leisure & Hospitality, and Administrative, Support & Waste Management Services.