Missouri Unemployment Claims Rise Again

Following over a month of weekly unemployment claims under 10,000, officials with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations confirmed that the number of unemployment claims is on the rise again. The number of first-time unemployment claims in the state had gone down to just over 7,300 during the week ending September 26, 2020. This was just a fraction of the unemployment claims that were made back in March and April when over 450,000 residents in the state were either furloughed or laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic. From August to the early part of this month the state averaged less than 8,300 initial unemployment claims per week, but during the week that concluded on October 10, 2020 there were a total of 10,502 first-time claims for unemployment benefits. Prior to the COVID 19 outbreak and economic downturn, an average of between 3,000 and 4,000 residents routinely turned in unemployment claims every week. While several of those who were fired or laid off during the early stages of the outbreak are working again, officials estimate that there are currently over 100,000 workers across the states that are still unemployed. Employees who work in   the hospitality and food service industry made up the largest of unemployed residents in the state with an estimated 23,759 unemployed workers.


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