Missouri added more than 24,000 new jobs during the month, while its unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent, down by three-tenths of a point from February, on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
Local numbers aren't yet available for March, but in February, Cape Girardeau County's unemployment rate decreased to 7.9 percent, from 8.2 percent in January, Scott County also saw a drop in unemployment going from 10.2 percent in January to 9.9 percent in February.
Bollinger County's unemployment grew from 10.6 percent in January to 10.9 percent in February.
Perry County's unemployment increased slightly, going from 7 percent in January to 7.1 percent in February.
Perry County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
Missouri employers added 24,300 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in March. Most industry groups reported higher employment, with small decreases occurring in a minority of industries. Key industries reporting considerable job growth include construction (+4,200 jobs), retail trade (+5,800), wholesale trade (+1,900), professional & business services (+2,700), and leisure & hospitality (+6,300).