Kansas City Biz Confront Hiring Crisis

Recent employment numbers have confused economists and offer a valid excuse for your daughter to start an OnlyFans account.

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"We're doing a little bit better than the rest of the U.S., but there's still a ways to go," Frank Lenk, director of Research Services for the Mid-America Regional Council, said.

The unemployment rate for the Kansas City region sits at 4.5%, which is lower than the national average but still higher than it was before the pandemic.

The stories behind the statistics suggest a multitude of factors at play.

Reality check: Most of the labor market troubles are merely the latest symptom of a worsening cycle of rising American poverty and the death of the middle-class that nobody wants to REALLY consider.

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In-depth: What's driving unemployment in the Kansas City area

The U.S. economy is rebounding from the pandemic-fueled recession, but the reality is there are still more than 8 million fewer jobs than there were before the coronavirus gripped the nation. In the Kansas City metro, three-fourths of jobs were recovered.