State and Regional News

Area unemployment remained high in June

    Area unemployment rates remained historically high in June but continued on a mostly downward trend since peaking in April when the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of nonessential businesses. Initial monthly jobless claims also dropped.

Governor Parson authorizes $37 Million of CARES Act funding to Mental Health

Mental Health services have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many service providers have lost significant revenue due to disruptions in service while incurring substantial additional costs for testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and overtime. This week Governor Parson made available more than $37 million in CARES Act funding to help behavioral health and developmental disabilities services in five areas.

Ashcroft announces free genealogy conference registrations

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced that the Missouri State Archives and Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) are offering 45 Lite Registration Packages, each valued at $130, to representatives of the state’s genealogical and historical societies interested in attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) 2020 virtual Family History Conference. These registrations are made possible through support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grants program of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Missouri invests in meat and poultry supply chain

Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced recently the creation of the Missouri Meat & Poultry Processing Grant in an effort to quickly increase food supply chain resilience in our state. Established by the General Assembly through this year’s budget process, $20 million in CARES Act Funds will be directed to meat & poultry establishments who employ fewer than 200 people. Approved projects will aim to increase food supply resilience by increasing livestock & poultry processing capacity and promote worker safety as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.