Kansas reports record job losses

From the Associated Press

MISSION, Kan. (AP) – Kansas took a major step toward reopening Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic as unemployment numbers soared and a nursing home outbreak grew.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 11.2% in April, an increase from a historical low of 2.8% in March, according to preliminary estimates from the Kansas Department of Labor. The U.S. unemployment rate is at 14.7%.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas non-farm jobs decreased by 130,400 from March.

Private sector jobs, a subset of total non-farm jobs, decreased by 121,600 from the previous month, while government decreased by 8,800 jobs.