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The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented economic shutdown as thousands of “nonessential” businesses have closed their doors. The crisis disproportionately affects the 21.3% of American workers in retail, leisure, and hospitality who not only face lack of work, but also suffer from long-standing, below-average wages. According to the latest annual data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for workers in the retail trade and leisure and hospitality sectors was $19.70 and $16.55 in 2019, compared to $28 per hour across all workers.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners will meet early Wednesday morning to discuss their response to Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill that would have limited her authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the issues commissioners will decide is if they want restrictions on businesses and individuals to continue in the county.