In Nevada, the unemployment rate in April exceeded 28%. Photo: David Becker/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly every state across the U.S. reported historic unemployment levels last month, with Nevada, Michigan and Hawaii being among the hardest hit, according to new Labor Department data.

Why it matters: The U.S. is facing its highest rate of joblessness since the Great Depression. The difference between the states' unemployed populations highlights how stay-at-home orders are disproportionately impacting some parts of the country more than others.

  • Economies that rely heavily on travel, tourism, retail, commerce and other service sectors — in states such as Nevada and Hawaii — have been negatively impacted by business closure mandates. Meanwhile, manufacturing plants in Michigan closed, contributing to the hundreds of thousands of jobless claims there.

The state of play: Overall, 43 states recorded the highest unemployment rates in April since the government began tracking the data over 40 years ago, according to the Post.

  • In Nevada, the unemployment rate in April topped 28% — the highest in the U.S. due to the state's reliance on tourism and hospitality.
  • Michigan lost 237,000 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector, 174,000 in manufacturing, and 159,000 in trade, transportation and utilities.
  • Hawaii's unemployment rate jumped 800% in April compared to the same time last year, with 121,000 people losing jobs in a single month.

The other side: Other states have fared better.

  • The unemployment rate in Maryland is about 9.9%, where many people work for the government.
  • A number of technology startups migrated to Utah, where the state unemployment rate in April hovered around 9%.
  • Connecticut has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. at 7.9%.

Yes, but: State officials have taken issue with the federal government's unemployment estimates, saying their jobless rates might be twice as high, the Post writes.

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New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Louisville officer: "Breonna Taylor would be alive" if we had served no-knock warrant

Breonna Taylor memorial in Louisville. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville officer who led the botched police raid that caused the death of Breonna Taylor, said the No. 1 thing he wishes he had done differently is either served a "no-knock" warrant or given five to 10 seconds before entering the apartment: "Breonna Taylor would be alive, 100 percent."

Driving the news: Mattingly, who spoke to ABC News and Louisville's Courier Journal for his public interview, was shot in the leg in the initial moments of the March 13 raid. Mattingly did not face any charges after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he and another officer were "justified" in returning fire to protect themselves against Taylor's boyfriend.

U.S. vs. Google — the siege begins

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Justice Department fired the starter pistol on what's likely to be a years-long legal siege of Big Tech by the U.S. government when it filed a major antitrust suit Tuesday against Google.

The big picture: Once a generation, it seems, federal regulators decide to take on a dominant tech company. Two decades ago, Microsoft was the target; two decades before that, IBM.

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