Joplin Chamber: 4,000 jobs affected by tornado

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 12:51 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The Joplin Chamber of Commerce says the city's business community suffered tremendous harm when a tornado swept through parts of the city Sunday.

Chamber President Rob O'Brian says at least 300 businesses and 4,000 jobs have been affected by the tornado. And he says that count could rise.

One of the city's largest employers, St. John's Hospital, was destroyed. But hospital officials have vowed to rebuild and said they are committed to retaining the hospital's 2,000 employees.

Home Depot and Wal-Mart, also large employers, say they will rebuild. Dillon's, which was also destroyed, has not made a commitment.

O'Brian told The Joplin Globe that the good news is the city still has 2,000 businesses and 50,000 people, so it has many resources left.

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