Nearly 96,000 in Missouri file for unemployment as state tops 90,000 for third week

Nearly 96,000 people in Missouri filed for unemployment insurance last week, marking the third consecutive week the state has seen more than 90,000 initial claims as COVID-19 continues to extract jobs across the economy.

The state’s 95,785 filings for the week ended April 11 marked an increase of some 4,300 claims from 91,458 the week before, according to U.S. Department of Labor data that are not seasonally adjusted. It was just shy of the record of nearly 97,000 claims filed two weeks earlier.

Nationally, initial unemployment claims dipped slightly for the week, to 5.2 million. That was a decrease of about 1.4 million from the week before, according to seasonally adjusted data. It brings the total of first-time filings over the last four weeks to 22 million.

Before the last four weeks, the country’s highest number of unemployment claims in a week was 695,000 in 1982.

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