The state received an unwelcomed designation.
The largest month-over-month decrease in jobs occurded in New York, which lost 14,000 jobs. However, the state has a much higher number of people employed, therefore the amount was not considered statistically significant by researchers.
After all, it is an election year. Plus, for anyone running for re-election on a job-creation campaign, almost too conveniently, a person must be actively seeking a job to be considered unemployed.
Therefore, when payrolls drop, it is possible for the state's unemployment rate to drop as well.
Unfortunately for the politicians, though, the economic news -- good or bad -- won't stop.
The number of mass layoffs also increased last month, according to another report by the statistical agency released on Wednesday. There were 67 mass layoffs by employers in Missouri, increasing unemployment claims by 6,586, compared to 54 mass layoffs impacting 4,763 in December 2010.
Politicians and economic development leaders will most likely, however, point to another report released on Thursday, showing initial weekly unemployment claims dropped by 3,626 last week.
Be wary of rosy outlooks from the campaign trail. While it may seem obvious, remember that fewer unemployment claims does not necessarily mean more hiring. Plus, watch those payroll numbers.