State and Regional News

Unemployment rates increased in May across region

    Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased from April 2021 to May 2021, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by a tenth of a percentage point. The unemployment rates also increased slightly in both Crawford and Phelps counties.

State Fire Marshal urges caution for those who use consumer fireworks for July 4th celebrations

• Fireworks sales at seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10

As vaccination rates climb, COVID-19 cases drop and more Americans plan July 4th celebrations, the Division of Fire Safety is reminding Missourians to put fireworks safety first this Independence Day. Public fireworks displays not only offer the best sights, they are the safest, and Missourians will have more options than last year, when many displays were canceled because of the pandemic.

Population trends up in Missouri, down in region

    Although final 2020 U.S. Census data is yet to be released, initial reports show that Missouri’s population grew by about 11,000 people from 2019 to 2020. That may not be the case in the Meramec Region, however, as populations in the area have actually been on the decline over the past 10 years.

Guardrail and median guard cable repair contracts approved by MHTC

    Two one-year contracts that will provide guardrail and downed median guard cable repairs in several mid-Missouri counties have been approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) during its meeting on Wednesday.