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Stacked chairs in the empty dining room at Mission Taco Joint’s Soulard neighborhood location as seen on Monday, April 6, 2020. Restaurants in St. Louis were forced to close in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by David Carson,

David Carson

The federal government estimates that metro St. Louis lost 152,700 jobs in April as a coronavirus-related lockdown caused mass layoffs throughout the area.

The number, a seasonally adjusted estimate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, amounts to 11% of all metro-area jobs. That’s a little less than the 13.5% employment loss — 20.5 million jobs — reported for the nation as a whole.

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