Initial unemployment claims in Missouri increased to 14,804 for the week ending July 25, up 22% from the previous week’s 12,134 claims, according to state labor department data.
It marked the second time in the last five weeks that initial claims have increased from the previous week. That follows eight consecutive weeks of declining claims dating back to early April.
The average weekly number of initial claims since the coronavirus-induced unemployment surge began in early March has been more than 35,000. Before the pandemic dating back to 1987, the weekly average was about 7,600.
Nationally, weekly initial claims increased by 12,000 to 1.43 million last week, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures released Thursday. The four-week moving average was 1.37 million, an increase of 6,500 from the previous week’s average.