1,200 seek jobless benefits after Joplin tornado

JOPLIN, Mo. — An estimated 1,200 people have sought unemployment benefits in Joplin after their workplaces were damaged or destroyed by a deadly tornado on May 22.

The estimate on jobless benefits comes from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The number of people drawing jobless benefits in Joplin could have been even higher than it is.

The chamber estimates that 5,000 people had their jobs affected by the tornado, but employers have kept about 3,500 on the payroll — either by shifting them to different locations or simply paying them until their businesses can be rebuilt.

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