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Unemployment dropped to 2.9 percent in September, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported.

Texas County’s unemployment rate declined nine-tenths of a percentage point in September from the previous month, the Missouri Department of Economic Development reported.

The rate was 2.9 percent.

The agency said the county started the year with a 5.3 percent rate.

Here are the unemployment rates for surrounding counties: Howell (3.0), Wright (2.4), Douglas (2.4), Laclede (2.6), Pulaski (2.8), Phelps (2.3), Phelps (2.3), Dent (2.7) and Shannon (3.1).

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