Nearly 53,000 people in Missouri filed for unemployment insurance last week, marking a sharp decline from the previous three weeks but remaining well above historical averages.
There were 52,678 claims filed in the state for the week ended April 18, according to U.S. Department of Labor data that are not seasonally adjusted. That’s a decline of 48% from the 102,126 claims filed the week before.
Still, the state has eclipsed 42,000 unemployment claims each of the last five weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause widespread job losses. One week before that run of heavy unemployment filings began, the state saw about 4,000 unemployment claims.
Missouri mirrored the national trend last week. More than 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment, a decrease from 5.2 million filings the week before but still a staggering number by historical standards.
Over the last five weeks, 26.4 million people have filed for unemployment — an average of more than 5.3 million people per week. Prior to that run, the highest number of filings in a single week was 695,000 in 1982.