Topeka There are more job vacancies in Kansas this year than last year, and there are three unemployed Kansans for every vacancy, according to a survey released Monday.
“This change in the job vacancy rate is a move in the right direction and reflects the improvements we are seeing in the Kansas labor market as a whole,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor Jim Garner. “Nevertheless, we need to see continued job growth and openings for recovery in the labor market.”
The survey of employers found there was an estimated 32,091 job vacancies in Kansas during the second quarter of the 2010. During the same period there were 96,428 unemployed workers.
For the second quarter in 2009, there were nearly a quarter fewer job vacancies.
The unemployment rate for Kansas stands at 6.6 percent.
The survey also identified what types of jobs are available, which Garner said could help some choose a career path.
Among the top 10 most vacant occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree were elementary, middle and secondary school teachers and registered nurses.
The survey showed that wages consistently increased with the level of education required. Jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree paid an average minimum wage that was more than twice as high as those requiring a high school degree or GED.