Nearly 55,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week, according to new data from the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial relations. That brings the total of initial unemployment claims in Missouri to more than 453,000 over the last six weeks as effects of the coronavirus continue to decimate jobs in the state.
The state’s 54,710 initial unemployment filings for the week ended April 25 marked a decrease of 4,561, or about 8%, from the week prior and a decline of nearly 49% from the state’s highest weekly total, more than 104,000, the final week of March.
Nationally, unemployment filings continued a downward trend as well but continued to dwarf pre-coronavirus norms. More than 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment for the week ended April 25, according seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Department of Labor, bringing the total number of unemployment claims over the last six weeks above 30 million.
The U.S. has averaged about 5.1 million jobless claims over the last six weeks — an average more than seven times the highest single week on record prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.