Archive for Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kansas Commerce Department looking for workers to come to Kansas

More than 22,000 jobs are available in state right now

April 2, 2009


Despite the recession and a 6.2 percent unemployment rate, Kansas is looking outside as well as inside the state to fill thousands of job openings.

Next week representatives from the Kansas Department of Commerce will attend a job fair in Omaha, Neb. It’s not uncommon for them to go to other states to recruit, commerce department spokesman Joe Monaco said.

There are at least 22,000 positions available in Kansas, including 12,000 posted online in the last 15 days, Monaco said.

“There are quite a few jobs still to be filled throughout the state,” he said.

Kansas’ unemployment rate is still low in much of western Kansas and that is where companies have asked for state help in recruiting for a mixture of non-farming jobs, Monaco said. Some western counties have unemployment rates as low as 2, 3 and 4 percent, he said.

Kansas also is planning for 400 hi-tech jobs expected to be needed for the federal bio-defense facility to be built in Manhattan and 300 for a state casino in Dodge City. Another 1,000 construction workers will be needed for each project, Monaco said.

“It’s not so much that we need those folks right this minute but we’re laying the groundwork and promoting Kansas in the event we do need to fill those spots once the economy turns around in a couple of years,” he said.

Kansas goes to other states to recruit based on demographic data that show where former Kansans live.

“The hope is the people who grew up here and have ties are more likely to be interested in moving back,” Monaco said.

“The big picture, the way we see it, is that this is good news,” Monaco said.

Job fairs are still held throughout Kansas.


LiberalDude 9 years, 2 months ago

Maybe more people would move to Western Kansas if it wasn't so crazy conservative. Perhaps they should remove all the Jesus and anti-abortion billboards along I-70 between Salina and Goodland. Just a thought...

Practicality 9 years, 2 months ago

Probably can't find enough people in Lawrence to pass the pre-employment drug screen.

spankyandcranky 9 years, 2 months ago

It's a good theory, I think ... finding people who used to live in KS that may want to move back to live near family ... as long as the pay is competitive to what they are currently making, and the cost of living is less, it might actually work. I wonder if they took cost of living and pay into account? Hopefully those people didn't move away to avoid abnoxious relatives, or the plan will surely fail.

Practicality 9 years, 2 months ago

oneeye_wilbur (Anonymous) says…

"Well, a bunch left Arkansas during the war to work at the powder plant, the Hercules plant. then the relatives followed and we stayed in Eudora."

Thank you for finally explaining the eeriee feeling that I am hearing banjo's dueling while driving through ArkEudorsas.

straightforward 9 years, 2 months ago

LiberalDude (Anonymous) says…

Maybe more people would move to Western Kansas if it wasn't so crazy conservative. Perhaps they should remove all the Jesus and anti-abortion billboards along I-70 between Salina and Goodland. Just a thought…

Yeah. Narrow minded people with attitudes like yours really make people want to move to western kansas too. People love it when others ridicule them.

Look, it's fine if we want to go out-of-state to find workers but we don't need to. People will go west for the right amount of money. I used to live in western kansas and I think it is beautiful there. However, I understand many people feel differently. For the right amount of money though, how could they turn it down. It's all about finding that point.

Our state could really benefit from a more geographically balanced population. The more balanced tax base would help solve a lot of our school funding issues.

Go west young man (and woman)!!!

Tom McCune 9 years, 2 months ago

6.2% unemployment is pretty low by national standards, right now. 5% is usually considered to be the non-inflationary rate of unemployment. Could be much worse.....

Practicality 9 years, 2 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…

"Just put an ad in the Jaurez Times.

No problem."

Lol, I think that would work. Or we could just buy the homeless people a ticket out west. They could have a job when they get there too. Problem solved all the way around.

Vote Practicality for city commision, it only took me 2 minutes to solve the problem.

JHOK32 9 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like a great idea as long as we don't continue to recruit illegal aliens to take our jobs by working for half the wages. Call me stupid, but shouldn't people born in Kansas have some sort of edge over bands of mexicans who moved here illegally, do not pay taxes, and enjoy free medicaid benefits that most Kansans (who ARE paying for it CANNOT get! What is wrong with this picture? It all goes back to corporate greed. Kansas contractors get cheap ILLEGAL labor, don't have to pay then workmans comp, unemployment insurance, etc, while the "politicians" are looking the other way.....meanwhile OUR people are standing in the bread lines!

kmat 9 years, 2 months ago

There are no homeless in Eudorkia because even they won't go there. I worked in that town for 2 years and was constantly amazed at the "interesting" population there.

And Liberaldude is correct - those billboards out west are more than ridiculous and insulting. I've driven all over this country and only in KS do you find that kind of ignorant cr*p on billboards. Do any of you people ever wonder why KS is the laughing stock of this country?

Bring those jobs out east instead of going out of state to get workers. Companies that locate out west are only doing so because they can pay lower wages out there.

KansasVoter 9 years, 2 months ago

Why do right-wingers always have to insult people who disagree with them? And whenever you complain about something, the fact is that you people are usually guilty of the exact same behavior.

MattressMan 9 years, 2 months ago

Exactly what types of non-farming jobs are they talking about that are so plentilful? location, pay rate etc

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