Almost 97,000 people in Missouri filed for unemployment insurance last week, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor that are not seasonally adjusted. That more than doubles the state’s previous record number of filings — about 40,500, from one week earlier — as joblessness continues to surge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Missouri mirrored the national trend. Across the U.S., some 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week, doubling the record 3.3 million claims filed one week earlier, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Labor Department.
Prior to the last two weeks, the highest number of unemployment claims in a single week in U.S. history was 695,000 in 1982.