Even though the unemployment rate is lower, layoffs across Missouri are on the rise and the number of workers in the labor force is down.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cited the 2,300 increase in nonfarm payrolls in a statement. "It's clear that our relentless focus on creating jobs and growing our economy is beginning to pay off," Nixon said.
The data shows the labor force fell by 9,618 in February. To be considered unemployed, a person must be actively seeking employment.
Mass layoffs, meanwhile, are increasing in Missouri. Even with around a week left until April starts, the number of workers who have received layoff notices so far this month has increased by 23.5 percent.
According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filings posted online, employers across the state have filed seven notices, affecting 758 workers, this month compared to seven notices, affecting 614 workers, in February. In January, three notices were filed, impacting 229.