JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A new report says Missouri recorded a net gain of roughly 7,600 jobs last month while the state’s unemployment rate held steady.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Friday that the January jobless rate was 9.6 percent, the same as December’s figure.

The agency says jobs were added last month in several sectors, with the biggest gains in manufacturing, retail trade and financial activities. The increases were partly offset by sizable declines in the construction and information sectors.

Among metropolitan areas, the St. Louis region had the biggest overall job growth, with employment up by 5,700 from December. The Kansas City area gained about 1,500 jobs last month.

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