State unemployment figures out today show 52,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week – bringing the overall total since mid-March to more than half a million people requesting jobless aid.

Last week’s figure represents a small dip from the previous week but it’s still a massive shift in Missouri unemployment numbers. Before the coronavirus fallout, the state’s unemployment claims averaged between 2,700 to 5,500 per week.

On Monday, Gov. Mike Parson’s stay-at-home order was lifted – allowing most Missouri businesses the chance to reopen. Many remain closed.

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