Newly released figures show Missouri's unemployment rate declined in September and October and now stands at 6.5 percent.
The state Department of Economic Development released employment figures Tuesday. The two months were combined in the same report because of the partial federal government shutdown in October.
Payrolls in September declined by 5,500 jobs, including a drop of 3,700 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,300 jobs.
Missouri's unemployment rate is back above 7 percent for the first time in a year.