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Data show Missouri unemployment rate steady at 5.5 percent; February adds 8,400 nonfarm jobs

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Missouri's unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent last month while the economy gained several thousand jobs.

The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing no change in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate from January to February.

Unemployment fell to 5.4 percent in December — its lowest rate since April 2008. That rate went up slightly the first month of the year.

Data show the state gained about 8,400 nonfarm jobs in February.

The department also scaled back an earlier estimate that nonfarm employment went up 14,300 jobs in January. The new figures put that at closer to 11,200 new jobs, meaning nonfarm employment rose by about 40,400 jobs in the past year.

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