The unemployment rate in Marion County creeped up slightly in August 2017 to 4 percent from 3.6 percent in July.

The unemployment rate in Marion County creeped up slightly in August 2017 to 4 percent from 3.6 percent in July. But that figure is still nearly a full percentage point lower than unemployment rates from the same time in 2016. So far in 2017, the unemployment rates is the best it's been in more than a decade.

Unemployment is also down in Ralls County compared to a year ago, with a 3.3 percent rate according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Ralls County consistently has one of the best employment rates in the state. In July, the county posted the lowest unemployment rate in the state — 2.8 percent.

DED date indicates Monroe County posted a 5.1 percent unemployment rate in August, up a half percent from July, but still down two-tenths of a percent from August 2016.

Pike County has hovered around 3.7 percent unemployment for the majority of the year.

The Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area had a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in August with a reported labor force of 19,967.