Uneven unemployment: Snapshot shows groups bearing brunt of Missouri job losses

Job losses since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic have not affected all groups of Missourians equally.

A recent snapshot of unemployment claims broken down by demographics highlights the disproportionate rate of job losses experienced by women and people of color in the state.

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ unemployment demographics for July showed that women — who make up about 51% of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — accounted for about 56% of unemployment claims.

Of the total applicants, about 62% were white people, who make up about 83% of the state population, according to the Census Bureau. About 23% of applicants identified as Black or African American, despite making up only about 12% of the state population, according to the Census Bureau.

People in the 25-34 age group filed for the most unemployment claims, accounting for about 27% of the total, according to the labor department. The next highest age group was 35-44, with 21% of claims.

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