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      Missouri unemployment rate rose in February

      Missouri's Economic Development Department is citing "harsh winter weather" as a likely reason for a rise in the state's February unemployment rate. Figures released Tuesday show Missouri's jobless rate was 6.4 percent last month. The department previously reported that unemployment held steady at 6 percent from December to January. The national jobless rate in February was 6.7 percent. Despite the unemployment rate increase, the department said Missouri added 1,300 jobs during February on a seasonally adjusted basis. Missouri's civilian labor force of about 3 million people grew by nearly 5,400 during February. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
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