Employment rates up for 2017


More people in Laclede County and around the state had jobs in January, according to the latest statistics from state and local agencies.

Brian Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, Inc., said Laclede County’s unemployment rate for January was 6.5 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in December.  The countywide labor force stood at 16,065 people, an increase of more than 300. Statistics show that 1,051 of them were unemployed in January.

Thompson said Laclede County ended 2016 with the best numbers, as a percentage of the population, it’s seen in 10 years.

The annual average unemployment rate for Laclede County in that time was 5.5 percent.
He said the county had some difficult years after the recession but seems to be getting back on track.
“We lost quite a few jobs in the downturn, but we’ve been getting some back,” Thompson said.


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