Missouri unemployment rate falls to 6.4 percent

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri's September unemployment rate falls slightly from an 18-year high in August.

The state gained 3,800 jobs and its unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's the first decline in the Missouri unemployment rate since June.

Much of the jobs gain came in the manufacturing sector, which added 3,500 after posting declines in nine of the last 12 months. The state also added 1,500 government jobs.

But the construction sector lost 1,400 jobs in September. It had declined by 100 in August and has posted losses in eight of the last 12 months.