Unemployment insurance claims remain high but generally trended downward during the past two weeks

Unemployment insurance claims remain high in Kansas and Missouri but have generally trended downward during the past two weeks.

During the six-week period from March 21 through April 25, there have been 672,862 new unemployment claims combined for Missouri and Kansas. Residents of the Kansas City region have filed 164,355, or 24%, of those claims. The counties most affected have been Jackson (64,646 claims), Johnson (36,839 claims) and Clay (28,551 claims).

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In the state of Kansas, the manufacturing industry saw nearly three times the job losses of any other industry. Manufacturing is followed by the health care and social assistance, accommodations and food services, and retail industries in experiencing the highest number of new unemployment insurance claims.

Our region has also been affected by a decrease in job postings. Over the last four weeks, the number of job postings totaled 70,898 ads which represents a decline of 18,444, job postings. The largest decreases have been for retail salespersons, sales representatives in the services sector, and computer user support specialists.

Despite the overall decline in the number of postings, certain occupations have shown an increase which may indicate good news as we prepare for reopening our economy. The largest increases have been for driver/sales workers, first-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers, and sales and related workers.