Jobless rate drops to 6.9 percent in Callaway County

Callaway County’s recent trend of rising unemployment was reversed last month when the county’s jobless rate fell more than 1 percent.

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The September jobless rate decline of 1.1 percent to 6.9 percent in Callaway County was the biggest one-month drop in unemployment in more than two years.

The county jobless rate jumped from 7.8 percent in July to 8.0 percent in August. But in September the unemployment rate reversed course and fell to 6.9 percent. The last time Callaway County’s jobless rate was that low was in April 2009, when it was 6.6 percent.

“This is good news for Callaway County. That’s a big change in the right direction,” said Bruce Hackmann, president of the Fulton Area Development Corporation.

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