he unemployment rate in Missouri is dropping. The state has gained over 3,300 new jobs and new career opportunities. The employment industries that grew the most were, durable goods manufacturing and construction. All three of these industries grew by more than 1,200 jobs and occupations. Missouri unemployment rate in now stands at 3.2%, which is 0.4% lower than 2017. Local Missouri unemployment has been lower than the rest of the country for three and a half years. This is as low as unemployment rate has been in 18 years. Unemployment stood at 3.1% in 200.