Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 3.0% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Cape Girardeau, MO-IL market declined by 341 jobs in August and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Cape Girardeau, MO-IL unemployment rate is 79 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 90 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 17% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 9.5% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 4,600; +400
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.