Around 7,300 people filed initial unemployment claims in Missouri for the week ending Sept. 26, according to the state labor department. That’s a decrease of 9.8% from the previous week and the lowest number of weekly claims since the initial surge of pandemic-related job losses in late March.
The U.S. as a whole also saw fewer people file for unemployment. Initial claims decreased to 837,000 for the week, down about 4.1% from the week before, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The four-week moving average also dropped, to 867,250 from 879,000 the prior week.
While unemployment claims for the U.S. and in Missouri remain high relative to historical levels, they are continuing to trend downward from where they were earlier in the year, when pandemic-driven job losses spiked in March and April.