Missouri County-By-County Breakdown Shows the Harm of Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

If Congress fails to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, more than 21,000 people in Missouri are set to lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. An additional 35,400 people in Missouri will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA estimates that in Missouri alone, failing to extend the program will cost 2,456 jobs.

COUNTY

NUMBER LOSING COVERAGE DEC. 28

ADAIR

28

ANDREW

55

ATCHISON

8

AUDRAIN

63

BARRY

57

BARTON

19

BATES

33

BENTON

52

BOLLINGER

40

BOONE

276

BUCHANAN

311

BUTLER

180

CALDWELL

26

CALLAWAY

93

CAMDEN

201

CAPE GIRARDEAU

249

CARROLL

32

CARTER

21

CASS

218

CEDAR

42

CHARITON

13

CHRISTIAN

175

CLARK

5

CLAY

726

CLINTON

52

COLE

173

COOPER

48

CRAWFORD

109

DADE

17

DALLAS

49

DAVIESS

14

DEKALB

22

DENT

46

DOUGLAS

41

DUNKLIN

115

FRANKLIN

403

GASCONADE

64

GENTRY

14

GREENE

769

GRUNDY

22

HARRISON

12

HENRY

62

HICKORY

38

HOLT

12

HOWARD

22

HOWELL

120

IRON

61

JACKSON

2,734

JASPER

326

JEFFERSON

922

JOHNSON

97

KNOX

5

LACLEDE

193

LAFAYETTE

112

LAWRENCE

105

LEWIS

9

LINCOLN

191

LINN

51

LIVINGSTON

24

MCDONALD

32

MACON

31

MADISON

48

MARIES

20

MARION

73

MERCER

8

MILLER

126

MISSISSIPPI

82

MONITEAU

55

MONROE

30

MONTGOMERY

34

MORGAN

76

NEW MADRID

69

NEWTON

128

NODAWAY

52

OREGON

28

OSAGE

37

OZARK

20

PEMISCOT

80

PERRY

51

PETTIS

113

PHELPS

122

PIKE

49

PLATTE

202

POLK

104

PULASKI

119

PUTNAM

8

RALLS

19

RANDOLPH

93

RAY

77

REYNOLDS

22

RIPLEY

40

ST. CHARLES

1,005

ST. CLAIR

25

STE. GENEVIEVE

69

ST. FRANCOIS

253

ST. LOUIS

4,154

SALINE

44

SCHUYLER

12

SCOTLAND

8

SCOTT

173

SHANNON

30

SHELBY

6

STODDARD

135

STONE

143

SULLIVAN

19

TANEY

227

TEXAS

89

VERNON

39

WARREN

131

WASHINGTON

138

WAYNE

72

WEBSTER

107

WORTH

2

WRIGHT

64

ST. LOUIS CITY

2,055

NEC MO. RES

304

TOTAL

21,329