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Archive for Monday, July 30, 1990

S JOBLESS RATE INCREASES SLIGHTLY

July 30, 1990

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Mostly because of seasonal factors, Lawrence's unemployment rate increased by 0.4 of a percentage point during June, according to a state report released today.

The Lawrence metropolitan statistical area, which includes Douglas County, saw its unemployment rate increase from 3.3 percent in May to 3.7 percent in June, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Human Resources.

Statewide, figures show a record number of Kansans held jobs during June, but a big influx of seasonal workers into the labor force also pushed the state unemployment rate up last month.

THE STATEWIDE June jobless rate was placed at 3.8 percent, up from 3.4 percent in May but still lower than the 4.5 percent rate recorded for June 1989.

The Lawrence figures showed that of the 43,473 people in the civilian labor force, 41,873 had jobs and 1,600 were unemployed. In June 1989, 40,010 were employed, while 1,628 were unemployed, a 3.9 percent jobless rate.

Kathy Ketcham, public information officer for the department, said the June jobless rate increase was caused mostly by a summer slowdown at Kansas University and regular summer cutbacks in government jobs.

Statewide, there were 1,291,954 people with jobs in June, a state record, while 50,602 could not find work during the month, the department said in its monthly report.

THE NUMBER working was 32,792 more than in May and 23,353 more than in June a year ago.

The number without jobs was 5,683 more than in May but 9,125 less than in June 1989.

Ray Siehndel, state secretary of human resources, called the increase in the unemployment rate at a time of record employment, ``a seasonal occurrence, partly fueled by the influx of young people out of school for the summer and looking for work.''

``The labor market swells to accommodate large numbers of seasonal workers, but this year the number of young people seeking work also increased the ranks of the unemployed,'' he added.

Public school jobs declined for the summer, but those losses were more than offset by gains in manufacturing, construction, transportation, public utilities, trade, finance, insurance, real estate and services, the department said.

REFLECTIVE of the overall state picture, the jobless rates increased in all four metropolitan statistical areas of Kansas during June.

The Kansas portion of the Kansas City area saw its jobless rate rise from 3.4 percent to 3.8 percent, Wichita was up from 3.3 percent to 3.9 percent, Topeka was up from 3.8 percent to 4 percent.

Human Resources said most industries reported gains in Wichita, the service industry had gains in Topeka and manufacturing and service had gains in Lawrence.

Among the state's dozen largest cities, only Manhattan showed a drop in its jobless rate, from 2.9 percent in May to 2.8 percent in June.

Reporting increases were Wichita, from 3.7 percent to 4.2 percent; Topeka, 3.9 to 4.2; Kansas City, Kan., 6.3 to 6.7; Overland Park, 2.2 to 2.4; Olathe, 2.8 to 3.1; Shawnee 2.3 to 2.6; Salina, 3.2 to 3.8; Hutchinson, 3.8 to 4.2; Emporia, 4.1 to 4.4, and Leavenworth, 3.7 to 4.0.

AMONG counties, Cherokee County in the deep southeast corner of the state had the highest unemployment rate during June, 6.6 percent. That was up from 5.5 percent in May but better than the 6.7 percent rate of June 1989.

Other counties and their latest jobless rates included Allen 4.7 percent, Atchison 4.9, Barton 3.3, Bourbon 3.6, Butler 3.3, Clay 3.4, Cloud 2.5, Cowley 5.6, Crawford 5.1, Dickinson 3.2, Ellis 3.1, Finney 3.7, Ford 2.2, Franklin 5.0, Geary 4.6, Harvey 2.7, Labette 5.9, McPherson 2.3, Miami 3.9, Mitchell 2.1, Montgomery 5.0, Norton 1.9, Pratt 3.4, Rice 3.8, Russell 3.1, Seward 4.7, Sherman 3.2, Sumner 3.9 and Thomas 2.7.

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