9.4 -- Missouri’s unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, in October, up from 9.3 percent in both August and September. That compares with a nationwide jobless rate of 9.6 percent. Non-farm payroll in the state was 2,655,800, down 2,900 from September. The biggest losses were in arts, entertainment and recreation (2,800) and corporate management (1,100), and gainers included durable-goods manufacturing (1,800) and private education services (1,100).

Source: Missouri Department of Economic Development


17,707 -- New and existing homes on the market in the Kansas City area in October, down 4.9 percent from September but 12 percent higher than a year ago. The number of new homes on the market was 1,568 down 0.5 percent from 1,577 in September but down 27.4 percent from the October 2009 figure of 2,161. The inventory of existing homes, 15,508, is down 5.3 percent in the last month but 18 percent higher than a year ago. Sales of news and existing homes in October were 1,613, down 7 percent from September and down 37 percent from a year ago. There was a nine-month supply of new homes on the market and an 8.6-month supply of existing homes.

The average new home is selling for $305,197, which is 11 percent higher than a year ago, but average price of an existing home was $147,921, almost unchanged from $148,009 a year ago. Johnson and Platte counties saw prices of existing homes rise, but prices have fallen in Jackson, Cass, Clay/Ray, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties.
Source: Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors