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(Jefferson City) – Howell County’s unemployment dropped to 6.3% in the month of September, however the drop isn’t as great as the numbers would have you believe.

Unemployment for Howell County dropped from 7.2% in August, or 1,366 people unemployed, to 6.3% in September, or 1,149 unemployed. However, the labor pool, the number of potential employees within the county, dropped from 18,921 in August to 18,329 in September, or a loss of 592 people.


In other counties in the area, Ozark County’s unemployment numbers dropped from 8.3% in August to 8% in September, or a drop of two people in the unemployment numbers. Employment numbers jumped in Ozark County from 3,879 in August to 3,994 in September.


Shannon County saw a drop in unemployment in September, from 10.7% in August to 9.5% in September. Unemployment dropped from 311 to 272, but employment numbers dropped from 2,605 to 2,593.


Oregon County also saw a drop in unemployment, down to 6.2% in September to 7.3% in August. Unemployment numbers dipped from 327 to 273, however, employment dipped from 4,165 in August to 4,109 in September.


Texas County saw a drop in unemployment for September, down to 6.5% from 7.6% in August. The number of unemployed in August was 808, compared to 689 in September.


Unemployment rose in Wright County rose in September, from 8.1% in August to 8.3% in September. The number of unemployed rose from 637 to 660.


Douglas County saw the largest increase in unemployment, from 8.3% to a whopping 12.9%. The number of unemployed went from 524 in August to 868 in September.

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