Nearly 60,000 more jobless claims in Missouri last week

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Nearly 60,000 more Missouri workers filed initial unemployment claims last week amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to data released Thursday by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The state said 59,271 workers filed claims. The number is still high but is down sharply from the 101,722 claims the previous week. All told, 388,479 workers have filed claims since the week ending March 21, when social distancing restrictions became more common in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike Parson’s statewide stay-at-home order expires May 3, and he said Wednesday that most businesses would be able to reopen effective May 4. However, St. Louis city and county, along with Kansas City and Jackson County, have extended their stay-at-home orders through at least mid-May.

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