State and Regional News

Area unemployment remained historically high in May

    While initial jobless claims and unemployment rates throughout the region declined in May, joblessness remained near historical highs. Since the pandemic hit the economy in March, more than 4,700 people in Crawford and Phelps counties have filed for unemployment.

Missouri to resume Food Stamp interviews since USDA has not acted on waiver request

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has not responded to Missouri’s request to continue to waive required interviews for Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for new applicants and recipients undergoing recertification.