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Kansas unemployment rate improves slightly

November 20, 2009

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— The state unemployment rate in October was 6.4 percent, down from 6.8 percent in September.

Despite the improvement, officials said the figures weren’t cause for optimism.

“Kansas continued to experience a weak labor market in October,” said Inayat Noormohmad, with the Kansas Department of Labor.

“We have seen limited over-the-month growth, however, over-the-year job losses remain significant. While we’re seeing improvements in some economic indicators, we know recovery in the job markets remains uncertain for the near future,” Noormohmad said.

The unemployment rate in October 2008 was 4.3 percent.

Kansas businesses have lost 57,700 jobs over the year with the largest losses occuring in the manufacturing sector.

There were 22,815 initial claims for unemployment benefits in October, up from 17,501 initial claims for September. And there were 163,744 continued claims for unemployment benefits in October, down from 180,202 continued claims in September.

Regionally, the unemployment rates ranged from 3.6 percent in the Manhattan area to 7.9 percent in the Wichita area. The jobless rate was 4.7 percent in Douglas County.

Comments

parrothead8 5 years, 9 months ago

I feel for the people still out of work who are looking, but there are fewer of them in Kansas now than last month. That's good news.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

p>Recovery.gov is reporting that Porkulus has saved or created 4 million jobs in Douglas County.

preebo 5 years, 9 months ago

BLAME OBAMA!!! How dare he create or save jobs!

Finn12 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree with ibroke, we need to stop extending unemployment benefits. Fact is, Obama neither "creates" nor "saves" jobs -- that is an illusion. He does influence policies, yes.

The government's job is not to guarantee happiness for every American. The more programs we have, the more waste we have, because gov't guarantees the money, no matter how it's used. Problem is, the value of that money is also declining, even as unemployment skyrockets.

Since uncle Sam gets this money from our ultra-secretive central bank (the Federal Reserve printing press), not taxes (you can research this) we should focus on backing the dollar again with gold and silver. Look at a dollar bill. It's just a note, not a redeemable certificate. The real problem is our monopoly money---bad as unemployment is, when the dollar crashes, 2009 will look like a very sunny picnic.

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