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      State unemployment rate rose in February

      Figures released Tuesday show Missouri's jobless rate was 6.4 percent last month.

      Missouri's Economic Development Department is citing "harsh winter weather" as a likely reason for a rise in the state's February unemployment rate.

      Figures released Tuesday show Missouri's jobless rate was 6.4 percent last month. The department previously reported that unemployment held steady at 6 percent from December to January.

      The national jobless rate in February was 6.7 percent.

      Despite the unemployment rate increase, the department said Missouri added 1,300 jobs during February on a seasonally adjusted basis.

      Missouri's civilian labor force of about 3 million people grew by nearly 5,400 during February. The labor force includes people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.