Unemployment benefit claims spike by more than 10,000

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Claims for unemployment benefits in Kansas have spiked by more than 10,000 in just one week as the state starts experiencing the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas Labor Secretary Delia Garcia revealed that claims have skyrocketed from 1,296 a week ago to 11,355 this week as businesses close in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

Garcia said that the Labor Department is swamped with calls seeking information about unemployment benefits.

The Labor Department now has 21 representatives staffing the agency's call center and expects to double the . . .

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