Missouri's unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent while the state's overall payroll increased by thousands of jobs.
The state Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that Missouri's net nonfarm payroll increased by 21,100 jobs in January. Officials reported that Missouri had a net of loss of 11,800 jobs in December and a loss of 3,300 jobs in November.
Besides expanding payrolls for the first time in three months, Missouri's unemployment rate in January dropped by half a point to 7.5 percent. That is Missouri's lowest jobless rate since November 2008.
Credit (via Gov. Nixon's office / video screen capture)
Jason Hall (at podium) with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Hall was Nixon's nominee to be the next director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development in late Dec. 2011. Hall has since resigned following the expiration of the deadline to confirm him.