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Kansas sees 1,250% increase in initial unemployment claims

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of jobless workers in Kansas who filed initial unemployment claims last week was 12 times as high as it was the week before as measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus took their toll on the economy.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that Kansas had almost 23,700 initial claims for unemployment for the seven-day period ending Saturday. The department said the figure for the previous week was less than 1,800. The increase was 1,250%.

It was easily the largest percentage jump in at least 20 years. Some 60% of the state’s residents face local stay-at-home orders.

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