The St. Louis space added simply 300 jobs final month, persevering with a gradual restoration from final yr’s pandemic-induced mass layoffs.
The most recent quantity, a seasonally adjusted estimate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, follows a revised achieve of 1,000 jobs in April, a achieve of 1,900 jobs in March and a lack of 1,700 jobs in February.
The metro space misplaced 187,100 jobs in March and April of 2000, and stays 73,700 jobs under its pre-pandemic employment degree.
The realm’s leisure and hospitality and development industries added jobs final month, however well being care and retail corporations lowered employment. Figures for particular sectors aren’t seasonally adjusted.
Job good points had been speedy final summer time, averaging greater than 20,000 a month as companies emerged from shutdowns, however have slowed since then.
The BLS reported Wednesday that Missouri’s unemployment fee rose to 4.2% in Might from 4.1% in April. Illinois’ jobless fee was flat at 7.1%. Metro St. Louis’ unemployment fee, which was 4.7% in April, can be up to date subsequent week.