Weekly jobless claims tick up in Missouri, nationally

Missouri reported more than 10,600 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 15, according to new state labor data. That was an increase of about 1,600, or 18%, from the previous week after two weeks of declining claims.

The four-week average for initial claims in the state is about 11,500. That’s considerably lower than 32,700 weekly initial claims the state has averaged since the start of March, when coronavirus-related job losses began to set in, but it’s well above historical averages.

Nationally, initial claims increased by about 135,000 to more than 1.1 million, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. The four-week moving average was nearly 1.2 million.

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