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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.

Go deeper: Unemployment rate soars to 14.7% in April

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World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

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."

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Biden seeks to reboot U.S. sanctions policy

Sanctions increased under Obama and dramatically under Trump. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Biden administration is rethinking the U.S. approach to sanctions after four years of Donald Trump imposing and escalating them.

The big picture: Sanctions are among the most powerful tools the U.S. has to influence its adversaries’ behavior without using force. But they frequently fail to bring down regimes or moderate their behavior, and they can increase the suffering of civilians and resentment of the U.S.

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Merkel's farewell spoiled by Poland crisis at EU summit

One last awkward EU "family photo." Photo: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Angela Merkel took up her vaunted mantle as Europe's crisis manager for what could be the last time tonight, as she urged the EU to find compromise in its showdown with Poland.

Why it matters: The European Commission has threatened to withhold over $40 billion in pandemic recovery funds after Poland's constitutional tribunal — stacked with loyalists from the ruling right-wing populist party — rejected the principle that EU law has primacy over national law.

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