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How Lapsing Federal Unemployment Benefits Could Affect The Economy In Kansas & Missouri

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Rebekah Hange
KCUR 89.3
Some Kansas City businesses have reopened, but many residents are still unemployed and financially stressed, especially now that federal unemployment relief has expired.

Unemployed Kansas Citians are hurting more now that a $600-weekly unemployment supplement from the federal government has ended.

Unemployment in the Kansas City Metro is at 7.8%, down from 11.2% when the pandemic started, but local unemployment offices are still stressed.

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