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U.S. adds 4.8 million jobs; Missouri unemployment claims up slightly

Despite some good economic news nationally on Thursday, Missouri unemployment claims went the other direction.

The state labor department reported 19,071 initial claims in the week ending June 27. That’s up from 17,165 the previous week. Those claims have been trending down since the week ending April 11.

More from The Associated Press:

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring. The nation has now recovered roughly one-third of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic recession. And with confirmed coronavirus cases spiking across the Sun Belt states, a range of evidence suggests that a job market recovery may be stalling. In those states and elsewhere, some restaurants, bars and other retailers that had re-opened are being forced to close again.

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