Unemployment rates rose almost 1 percent in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson Metro area from May to June, according to new figures released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Local unemployment was a 7.9 percent in June, compared to 7.0 percent in May.
Anthem Blue Cross's decision to lay off about 40 percent of its Cape Girardeau office may be partly to blame. In April, the Company gave 125 employees notice their jobs were being eliminated, some in 30 days, some in 60 days.
There is still some good news in this report however, as local unemployment for the month of June was still lower than it was one year earlier. Unemployment in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson Metropolitan Statistical area was 8.6 percent in June of 2009.
All of Missouri's metro areas -- Cape Girardeau-Jackson, Columbia, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis and Springfield recorded lower unemployment rates over the year.
Unemployment rates in the Cape-Jackson Metro area still remain lower than the state avgerage of national unemployment rate which was 9.6 percent. These figures are not seasonally adjusted. The national rate is down just slightly in June compared with 9.7 percent a year ago.
Here's the link to view the complete report: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.t0...