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Unemployment: 20k more state claims, 1.9 million more nationally

Another 20,459 Missourians filed unemployment claims in the week ending May 30.

That is down a lot from the week before (27,207), but well above the typical week before the coronavirus hit. The state reports 611,642 unemployment claims since mid-March.

The Missouri Dept. of Labor on Thursday said the unemployment rate has triggered 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits for people whose benefits have expired.

Here’s a look at national unemployment numbers from The Associated Press:

Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the ninth straight decline since applications spiked in mid-March, a sign that the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the loss of jobs. The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work. The total number of people who are now receiving jobless aid rose only slightly to 21.5 million, suggesting that rehiring is offsetting some of the ongoing layoffs.

(This story was last updated at 6:56 a.m. Friday.)

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