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Faces of Unemployment: Missouri Rates Getting Worse April 9, 2009

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Wes Winberry waits to speak with a counselor at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia.

Wes Winberry waits to speak with a counselor at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia.

Business Beat 04/08/09

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than more than 250,000 Missourians were unemployed and looking for work in February. In the first part of a series on unemployment, Columbia’s Courtney Flatt has the story of Wes Winberry who was recently laid off from his job at MBS Textbook Exchange in Columbia. As people, like Winberry, continue to apply for unemployment benefits and look for jobs, the non-profit Missouri Budget Project reports Missouri’s unemployment rate is getting worse. In Columbia, Taylor Reeh talks with the group’s Executive Director Amy Blouin about what this means for mid-Missourians.

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