State unemployment claims decline to 9,300; national figure stays above 1 million

Missouri saw almost 9,300 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 22, a decrease of about 1,400 from the previous week, according to state labor department data.

That brought the four-week average for initial claims in the state to about 9,900. Missouri has averaged nearly 38,800 weekly claims since March, when job losses due to COVID-19 first began, and 24,700 for the year. The highest number of initial claims was more than 104,000 for the week ending March 28.

Nationally, seasonally adjusted initial claims for the week decreased by 98,000 but still stayed above 1 million, according to labor department data. The four-week moving average was nearly 1.1 million.

Since the week ended March 21, initial unemployment claims have exceeded 1 million in every week but one. Before this year, the highest number of claims in a single week was 695,000.

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