Unemployment rates  in Northeast Missouri are reported higher in February. It’s the third consecutive month overall with some counties experiencing  four consecutive months of higher jobless numbers. Rates were up in 17 counties in the northeast corner of Missouri February, but the increases are not as dramatic as those reported in January.

Marion and Monroe counties were among those that have seen four straight months of increases. Hannibal's jobless rate is reported up from 5.4 percent to 5.7 percent, also for the fourth consecutive month. The jobless rate is up by more than a percentage point in Clark County, with Ralls and Shelby counties showing at least a half-percent rise. Pike County’s unemployment numbers rose to six-point-two percent in February, up from six percent the previous month.