While more people across the state are starting to return to work, the number of people in the labor force in St. Louis continues to dwindle.
In the St. Louis metro area, the jobless rate fell to 7.4 percent compared to 8.4 percent in March.
However, the number of people in the labor force in the region inched lower by .02 percent in April.
Meanwhile, as Missouri Journal reported, more people in the state started jobs during April than exited the labor force for the first time this year. To be counted as unemployed, a person must actively be searching for employment.
The unemployment rate inched lower to 7.3 percent during April across the state compared to a jobless rate of 7.4 percent in March.
The state unemployment and labor force report for May is scheduled to be released June 12.