County’s labor force continues to decline

Jobless rate edges upward

Callaway County’s unemployment rate has been edging back up slightly for the last three months.

The jobless rate was at 6.0 percent in April, rising to 6.1 percent in May and edging up to 6.2 percent in June.

At the same time the number of people still counted in the labor force who are either employed or seeking employment continues to shrink.

Some people have been out of work for so long they have given up seeking a job and are no longer counted in the labor force. Others have moved away from the labor force.

In June the number of people counted in the labor force in Callaway County was 22,735. That’s down 191 from the May figure of 22,926.

Last year in June there were 23,164 people counted in Callaway County’s labor force, 429 more than the same month this year.

The number of people with jobs in Callaway County declined 207 in the one-month period from May to June of this year. In May 21,515 had jobs in Callaway County, falling to 21,308 a month later.

At the same time the number of people counted as actually unemployed increased by only 16 people from May to June, rising from 1,411 in May to 1,427 in June. The slight one-month rise accounted for only a small increase in the jobless rate from 6.2 to 6.3 percent.

During June there were 207 fewer people in Callaway County with jobs but only 16 of them were counted as unemployed.

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