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In this May 22, 2011 file photo, a man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An estimated 1,200 people have sought unemployment benefits in the Joplin, Mo. area after their workplaces were damaged or destroyed by a deadly tornado two months ago, according to the local chamber of commerce.

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