JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate edged up slightly even though businesses added thousands of jobs in June.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that employer payrolls grew by 12,800 jobs in June, compared with the previous month.
Despite that growth, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in June.
The largest job growth occurred in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,400 jobs. An additional 4,700 jobs were added in retail and wholesale trade, and 2,000 jobs were added in durable goods manufacturing.
A Missouri man faces several charges after he allegedly stole more than $1 million from a business his mother co-owned.
Prosecutors allege that Michael Britt stole the money over a six-year period. Britt worked as the bookkeeper at Gene-Del Printing in Brentwood. He told his mother that starting in 2005 he would make out checks to himself and forge the owners' signatures. Investigators say that over an 11-month period, he forged 166 checks.
Britt faces a dozen charges of forgery and is held on a $35,000 bond.
The heat is on in St. Louis for the next several days and Ameren has teamed with local technicians to help you save money on your air conditioning.
With temperatures into the high 90's for the next several days, Ameren Missouri wants its customers to know you can get money back from everything from a tune up on your air conditioner to upgrading to an energy efficient unit. Cara Dolly says the utility has teamed with some 300 area contractors with rebates up to $720 on a new unit.