JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 9.6 percent.
In a report Friday, the Missouri Department of Economic Development also says the state had a net loss in December of 2,600 jobs.
The biggest declines were in retail trade, which lost 3,100 jobs. About 1,200 jobs were lost in construction, and the leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,000.
The agency says those declines were partly offset by gains of about 1,000 jobs each in manufacturing and administrative support services.
The unemployment rate nationwide stood at 10 percent in December.
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