The Capitol Report | November 22nd, 2017

Job Growth Increases Across Missouri

As Missourians celebrate Thanksgiving, they can also be thankful for continued job growth in the Show-Me State. The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently released numbers for the state’s unemployment rate in October and it was good news for the state. Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in October, which is the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate the state has seen since July 2000.

In comparison, the state unemployment rate was at 4.6 percent the same time last year, and the current national rate for the month of October is at 4.1 percent. Missouri’s seasonally adjusted rate has now been below the comparable national rate for 31 consecutive months. In total for the year, Missouri has seen nonfarm payroll employment increase by 30,700 jobs.

thanksgiving-images-clip-art-happy-thanksgiving-imagesAs we celebrate Thanksgiving, it is our obligation not to forget the origins of this holiday or the reason it has persisted as an important moment of thankful contemplation each and every year. From the trying times faced by the colonists, to the strife this nation endured during the Civil War, to the many other events and moments that have tested our national resolve, our country has endured and persevered against overwhelming odds. As citizens of this great nation, we must be thankful for the many blessings and freedoms that go hand in hand with being an American.

Regardless of the difficulties or setbacks we may face in our personal lives, we continue to be part of something truly remarkable as we live in a land where dreams can and do come true. I hope on this Thanksgiving, as you spend time with family and friends, that you also can find a few moments to appreciate the fact our nation is a land of bountiful opportunity and unparalleled freedom. Happy Thanksgiving!

You may read in more detail about what is happening at your State Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently for you as your State Representative.

-Jason

 

 

 

Missouri Receives Good News with Latest Employment Statistics

As Missourians celebrate Thanksgiving, they can also be thankful for continued job growth in the Show-Me State. The Missouri Department of Economic Development recently released numbers for the state’s unemployment rate in October and it was good news for the state. Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent in October, which is the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate the state has seen since July 2000.

In comparison, the state unemployment rate was at 4.6 percent the same time last year, and the current national rate for the month of October is at 4.1 percent. Missouri’s seasonally adjusted rate has now been below the comparable national rate for 31 consecutive months. In total for the year, Missouri has seen nonfarm payroll employment increase by 30,700 jobs.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in Missouri

It’s during November that people in Missouri and around the world pause to recognize Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the need for greater awareness, funding, and research for pancreatic cancer. It was in 2013 that the state legislature passed HB 68 to designate the awareness month in Missouri to encourage citizens to participate in activities and events to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer, which is incurable and has a low rate of survival due to the advanced stage of the disease when symptoms typically present themselves.

Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor. The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen that lies behind the stomach and in front of the spine, with two main functions: digestion and blood sugar regulation. Every day, more than 1,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Of that, an estimated 985 will die from the disease.

Additionally, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate among all major cancers, and in nearly every country it is the only major cancer with a single-digit five-year survival rate.

There is currently no screening test or early detection method for pancreatic cancer, and though research is being conducted in these areas, knowing the symptoms and risks remains the key to early diagnosis. Research shows that patients diagnosed in time for surgery are more likely to live five years and beyond. To learn more about the symptoms and risks, visit http://www.worldpancreaticcancerday.org

Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-images-clip-art-happy-thanksgiving-imagesThe first “Thanksgiving” took place in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists held an autumn feast as a show of thanks to the Wampanoag Indians, who had helped the colonists survive in the new world. Thanksgiving meals went on to become an annual occurrence in the New England states and then throughout the country. It was finally in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday in a proclamation that called on Americans to ask God to “commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” of the Civil War, and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it is our obligation not to forget the origins of this holiday or the reason it has persisted as an important moment of thankful contemplation each and every year. From the trying times faced by the colonists, to the strife this nation endured during the Civil War, to the many other events and moments that have tested our national resolve, our country has endured and persevered against overwhelming odds. As citizens of this great nation, we must be thankful for the many blessings and freedoms that go hand in hand with being an American.

Regardless of the difficulties or setbacks we may face in our personal lives, we continue to be part of something truly remarkable as we live in a land where dreams can and do come true. I hope on this Thanksgiving, as you spend time with family and friends, that you also can find a few moments to appreciate the fact our nation is a land of bountiful opportunity and unparalleled freedom.

I am committed to serve the constituents of the 120th District, so please feel free to contact my office anytime at 573-751-1688. Your District 120 Capitol Office is 201 W Capitol Ave, Rm 415-B, Jefferson City, MO 65101. If you wish to unsubscribe from this report, please email Dylan Bryant at dylan.bryant@house.mo.gov

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