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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.

The number of jobless needing government aid could have been even higher, but some businesses have continued to pay their employees until their facilities can be rebuilt.

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