Archive for Friday, June 18, 2010

Kansas economy adds jobs, but unemployment rate remains unchanged

Douglas County unemployment inches higher

June 18, 2010


— Kansas gained 11,300 jobs in May but the unemployment rate remained unchanged from April at 6.3 percent.

Gov. Mark Parkinson saw good news in the monthly report, saying, “I’m encouraged by the continued job growth we’ve seen in the state over the past four months.

“While this growth has been slow, it has been steady and shows that Kansas is coming out of this economic recession. Clearly we are moving in the right direction and now must focus on accelerating our progress so that all Kansans can find a job.”

Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Jim Garner said the labor market is stabilizing but the department is still paying $10 million each week in unemployment benefits. He urged Congress to act soon on extending “the lifeline of unemployed benefits available to those who are out of work.”

Of the 11,300 jobs gained since April, 3,900 were in the private sector, and 7,900 were in the government sector, and included Census jobs and local government summer jobs, the Labor Department reported.

The May unemployment rate of 6.3 percent was the same in April and down from 7 percent in May 2009.

In Douglas County, the jobless rate in May was 5.8 percent, up from 5.3 percent in April and up from 5.6 percent in May 2009.

Statewide there were 20,200 initial claims for unemployment benefits in May, up from 18,779 initial claims in April and down from 23,589 in May 2009.

There were 264,799 continued unemployment benefit claims in May, down from 271,270 in April and up from 234,778 in May 2009.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

"Kansas gained 11,300 jobs in May but the unemployment rate remained unchanged from April at 6.3 percent."

So, the real, rather than the official, rate is probably more like 13%. But even in "good times", the real rate is probably 8-9%.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

Kansas may have gained jobs or maybe not in reality. How many jobs did Kansas lose due to the Bush/Cheney financial disaster is the question? CONSIDERING that the cause of massive unemployment was created by government negligence it only seems fitting that government must replace these jobs and create new industry.

It only seems fitting that USA industries that have moved manufacturing abroad should receive no more big government tax subsidies or special IRS tax breaks for any reason. USA named good made in China are truly Chinese goods.

Last night it was said that as many as 20 million are out work in the USA. Just because unemployment claims may drop is no indication that new industry or jobs have suddenly developed.

c_doc77 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm not an economist and maybe I'm missing something here, but isn't it sort of an oxymoron to say that you "gained" jobs and the unemployment rate hasn't changed? You are either gaining ground, losing ground, or staying even. Sounds like someone is chasing that ever elusive silver lining.

Mixolydian 7 years, 11 months ago

Personal income up and our unemployment is significantly less than the rest of the nation's too. Things started going in the proverbial handbasket shortly after the democrats got control of congress and the nation's purse strings in 2006 and it's only gotten worse.

Thankfully Kansas has a fiscally conservative and sound republican legislature with several right thinking democrats to boot.

c_doc77 7 years, 11 months ago

Things have definitely gotten worse under Democratic leadership, but I don't know that we can make the economic problems a Democratic party issue. President Bush II, who in 2000 ran on a platform of smaller government, championed the expanse of the federal government comparable to that of FDR, dramatically increasing government spending. In addition, these endless wars and corporate bailouts began under his watch, and have merely continued under Obama and the democratically-controlled Congress. So things have gotten worse, but they were already trending in this direction.

IndusRiver 7 years, 11 months ago

The revised homeless population in Lawrence is back to overflowing, which is what feeds DCCCA, Bert Nash, and the LDCHA, to name a few.

Money, money, money lust.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

How's that hopenchange working out for you?

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