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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

Still, Missouri’s jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%. The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its April jobs report Friday that spelled out the devastating impact of the halt to the economy that was part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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The local unemployment rate is just above 4 percent, but there’s still many in search of work. KSMU’s Kathryn Eutsler attended a hiring event in Springfield to hear from hopeful applicants.

Patrick Powell has a passion to learn. He has been pursuing a degree in Geology and English at Missouri S&T, but financial troubles forced him to take a break from school.

“I’m having to work for a bit, so I can pay it off. That’s why I’m here right now looking for my second job,” Powell explains, straightening his suit jacket and gesturing to his completed application.