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Unemployment rate in Douglas County increases by 50%, still well below national average

June 3, 2009

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Douglas County's unemployment rate was nearly 50 percent higher in April 2009 than the same month of 2008, according to the latest statistics out this morning from the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to statistics for the Lawrence metropolitan statistical area, which includes all of Douglas County, unemployment rose from 3.1 percent to 5.0 percent in April. Unemployment for March 2009 was 5.5 percent compared to 3.7 percent in March 2008.

And while the rise is dramatic, other metropolitan areas around the state saw similar increases. Manhattan moved from an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent to 3.8 percent, Topeka saw its unemployment rise from 3.9 percent to 5.9 percent and unemployment in Wichita rose from 3.3 percent to 7.1 percent. Unemployment in the Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan statistical area, which includes a swath of northeast Kansas, went from 4.5 percent to 7.8 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate currently stands at a 25-year high of 8.9 percent.

Comments

d_prowess 5 years, 6 months ago

I think I need to go back to elementary math because I don't seem to understand how they got the "nearly 50% higher" stat.
If in April 2008 the rate was 3.1 and now the rate is 5.0 in April 2009, the increase was 1.9. Which would actually indicate an increase of 61% compared to the April 2008 number, right? (I feel stupid for asking because I am going to be embarrassed if wrong!!)

Richard Heckler 5 years, 6 months ago

The Lawrence economy can never stand an increase in unemployment because this is the most expensive place to live in the state of Kansas. More unemployment = increase in taxes and user fees.

think_about_it 5 years, 6 months ago

What a shock there Richard.

Why would you not mention reduction of services and spending?

I think I know.

nascarmomma 5 years, 6 months ago

And it is higher now since there will be several bus drivers without jobs due to cutting the bus routes!! Yeah Lawrence way to go!

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