JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri led the nation in job growth in September as its unemployment rate fell slightly from an 18-year high in August.
The state gained 3,800 jobs in September. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that was more than any other state. Neighboring Nebraska was second with a gain of 2,200 jobs.
Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.7% in August to 6.4% in September. That marked the first decline in the Missouri's unemployment rate since June.
Much of the growth in jobs came in the manufacturing sector, which added 3,500 jobs after posting declines in nine of the last 12 months.