- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Mo. unemployment rate reaches 25-year high
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate hits its highest mark in 25 years, increasing by more than half a point to 7.3 percent in December.
Jobless numbers released Friday by the state Department of Economic Development show that 2008 was a difficult year for workers. The state lost 26,500 jobs during the year, which includes 9,500 in transportation manufacturing and 4,700 in financial activities.
In December, Missouri's unemployment hit its highest mark since April 1984, climbing from 6.7 percent in November.
Last month, the state shed 1,600 jobs, including 2,500 in the manufacturing sector. But that was partially buoyed by the addition of 2,000 jobs in the private education, health care and social assistance sector.