Archive for Friday, September 3, 2010

Statehouse Live: Kansas Labor Secretary says state is recovering

September 3, 2010, 7:57 a.m. Updated September 3, 2010, 12:12 p.m.


— Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Jim Garner said the state job market is emerging from a tough recession.

Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Jim Garner on Friday speaks at "State of Labor" news conference at the Capitol. Garner says Kansas is recovering from the recession.

Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Jim Garner on Friday speaks at "State of Labor" news conference at the Capitol. Garner says Kansas is recovering from the recession.

“We find ourselves today coming out of the recession and on the road to recovery,” Garner said.

He said that in July, the state experienced job growth for the first time since October 2008, initial claims for unemployment benefits have decreased by a third from a year ago, and the state unemployment rate of 6.9 percent “appears to have reached a plateau.”

In 2009, more than 179,000 Kansans received unemployment insurance benefits, a 76 percent increase from the previous year. “Our economy suffered greatly in 2009, due to the great recession experienced in our nation and the significant job losses that resulted,” he said.

The state labor department paid out $766 million in state unemployment benefits, $304 million in federal benefits, and $18 million in extended benefits.

Kansas is one of 35 states that had to borrow from the federal government to pay benefits. So far, the state has borrowed $88 million and may need to borrow some more before the year is over.

The agency also is handling a backlog of unemployment claims. The logjam happened because of the delay, caused by Republicans in Congress, by the federal government in approving the continuation of extended benefits, Garner said.


slowplay 7 years, 6 months ago

Speak for yourself. Just because you have reading comprehension problems doesn't mean the rest of the us do.

kansasmutt 7 years, 6 months ago

Who is counting the other 9% that ran out of benifits and those who are working 3 part time jobs just to survive ? The states numbers are BS. Why dont they post the numbers of what the cost of living has done in Kansas in 2 years. It is up as much as 80% in some areas, like Baldwin, Eudora , Salina and other smaller towns that have trippled utility rates and wage decreases. Inflation is at the highest level in 75 years in Kansas.

Jimo 7 years, 6 months ago

"Inflation is at the highest level in 75 years in Kansas."

Wow. I knew some people lived in a fantasy world but seriously! The data is published item-by-item, month-by-month.

What I suspect you are seeing - if not understanding - by your reference to "wage decreases", which has nothing directly to do with inflation, is that for many years now a state of affairs has existed in this country to loot the middle class and extend nearly all the benefits of economic growth to the narrowest group of wealthiest persons. Wages for the middle class are lower. Income for the middle class is lower. And yet there's plenty of money flowing to the wealthy - and for the new category of 'super wealthy' (to distinguish those who have $10M houses from those who have a dozen $10M houses).

Unfortunately, while you correctly sense that something is wrong, I suspect that your lack of understanding of what that something is leads you to support charlatans being funded by those same wealthy persons to vote against your own interests. Test: do you believe that low taxes on the wealthy benefit you? Test: do you believe government can't do anything right? If either/both answers are 'yes' then you've drunk the Kool-aid, you've been fooled, and you're not going to get better until you figure out that one group of politicians not only doesn't have your interests at heart but see you as the turnip to be squeezed for the benefit of their fatcat bosses.

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