Archive for Friday, December 16, 2011

Kansas to end extended unemployment benefits

December 16, 2011


— Kansas announced Friday it will stop providing extended unemployment benefits to residents in early January as a result of the improving state economy.

State Department of Labor officials said the 13-week, federally funded extended unemployment program would end Jan. 7 because the Kansas unemployment rate has improved enough that the state no longer qualifies for the money.

Residents can still get 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits and an additional 47 weeks of federally funded benefits. Those programs aren't affected by Kansas' improving unemployment rate.

The state's latest seasonally adjusted rate will be announced Tuesday. The rate announced last month, for October, was 6.7 percent.

Deputy Labor Secretary Kathie Sparks said 1,565 Kansas households have been receiving the extended benefits.

They were being notified the program was ending so they would have time to plan their finances, Sparks said. They're also being informed about other assistance programs through the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, churches and the Kansas Corporation Commission, including help for paying winter heating bills.

"We want these families to have as much notice about this as possible," Sparks said. "Unfortunately, there's nothing left at the Department of Labor."

Kansas qualified for the program in August 2009 and has had a three-month unemployment average of greater than 6.5 percent ever since.

But the state has started to see job growth and employers have been increasing existing workers' wages, Sparks said, adding that new hires were at a slower rate than state officials would like. The state must be off the extended program for a minimum of 13 weeks before it could be eligible to resume, should the economy weaken, she said. That would be in April when the state traditionally sees an increase in hiring.

"It could happen, but we're not likely to see that happen based on what we are seeing," Sparks said.

The regular state and federal unemployment benefit programs will expire Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them before the deadline — and that has begun to seem unlikely, Sparks said. If the programs aren't reinstated until January, Congress may make the benefits retroactive and the unemployed would receive back compensation.

"We've been down this road twice before," Sparks said.


John Hamm 6 years, 5 months ago

Headline could be clearer - imho. As written it appears the State is ending the benefits on it's own where actually the program is being defunded by the Feds due to an improving employment outlook. As written it could lead some to infer (since they only read headlines) that the Governor is responsible.....

justajoe 6 years, 5 months ago

Sorry to interrupt your riveting discourse, but since you folks find someone's facial features relevant to your fascinating assessments of their character and motives, it would only follow that those of us who aren't blessed with your extraordinary intellect might find it useful if you'd be so kind as to provide a recent photo with your next post.

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 5 months ago

+1 Yep, thanks justajoe. I hate Pelosi like the next person, but I'd rather critique her idiotic stances. Those leave enough room for criticism without personal attacks about her face. Honestly, I'm never one to play the sexism card (and I'm a male), but why do we think it's okay to judge a woman based on her face, but I almost never hear the same about a man.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 5 months ago

No. It wasn't reilly. It was its_just_math, with his "Is Pelosi an idiot or what?! Those spastic hand gestures, freakishly blinking eyes" comment.

After all, last I knew, "freakishly blinking eyes" referred to a facial characteristic. Do you know something the rest of us don't know, False?

And I'm still not sure what hand gestures and eye blinks have to do with being an idiot. Perhaps math could explain that to us?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 5 months ago

This is very curious as the informastion on the Kansas Department of Labor site states that they expect an increase in applications for unemployment benefits.

Jeff Zamrzla 6 years, 5 months ago

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John Hamm 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, it's blatantly obvious whom reads articles and whom doesn't - Article clearly states "State Department of Labor officials said the 13-week, federally funded extended unemployment program would end Jan. 7 because the Kansas unemployment rate has improved enough that the state no longer qualifies for the money." So you Brownback Bashers (and there do seem to be a lot of you around Lawrence) have (once again) demonstrated you don't care about the "truth" IF you think you can make him the villain. Oh it's so easy around here. LOL

Shelley Bock 6 years, 5 months ago

So, with the same logic, you "Obama Bashers" ("and there do seem to be a lot of you around...") will give the President credit for improving the economy in the same fashion as you have given Brownback credit?

Lisa Medsker 6 years, 5 months ago

Liberty_One, I think this is the first thing I've read from you that I agree completely with.

Lisa Medsker 6 years, 5 months ago

...with which I agree completely... Ending a sentence in a preposition is something up with which we shall not put?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, Bonly, you are very correct. Brownbackwards does not need any help from the feds, he manages to screw up things very well all by himself. kLet's not dump any unnecessary derision on the gov.

KS 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeoman2 - You too. Say something nice!

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 5 months ago

These are opinion boards, not nice boards. Hey KS -- say something mean! :)

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 5 months ago

Because the "left" are the only ones collecting UE, right?

ivalueamerica 6 years, 5 months ago

it is absurd comments like that that show how totally out of touch with reality you are.

Fail 1. Most here have jobs.

Fail 2. If every single person in the USA who is unemployed took every single job available without bothering to factor in wage, location and the like, there would only be jobs for about 25% of the unemployed.

Fail 3. Unemployment has hit the right just as hard as the left

Fail 4. You have 3 failures in 1 sentence, you must be so embarrassed, or should be anyway.

jayhawkinsf 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, if every unemployed American took the job that an illegal immigrant has, then ... Of course, they won't, which points out a certain problem. There will always be a certain amount of unemployment. Always. Whether it's caused by people not being appropriately matched to jobs, or if it's because there is a certain number that simply don't want to work. If you're inclined to believe the rhetoric of the left, you'll believe this way but if you're inclined to believe the rhetoric of the right, you'll believe that. My opinion in this is that money going to those who don't want to work is a drain on the ability to help those that do want to work. We have a very real incentive to divert resources from those who don't want to work to better serve those that do. Determining which group a particular person falls into is the hardest part since those in the best position to make that determination have the least incentive to make that determination.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 5 months ago

actually, that is not an educated response either because if we suddenly lost 12 million bodies in this country, we would loose 12 million consumers, people who rent to 12 million people, people who sell food and furniture and cars and gasoline and birthday presents would loose 12 million customers.

I do not think illegal immigration is correct and should be fixed, but your problem is you do understand the complexity of the issue and think the solution is simple.

That is not helpful, educated or realistic.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

Even as the EU has proclaimed that drinking water does not prevent dehydration, so has the current regime proclaimed that unemployment benefits create jobs.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 5 months ago

I get very tired of hearing the right wing rhetoric about unemployment insurance.

It works like any other insurance. It is there if something bad happens and you lose your job. You don't get enough to live on and it does not pay nearly as much as a real job. Anyone who refuses to work because they would rather get unemployment insurance is barely alive anyway.

That being said, you should not extend these benefits forever. People need time to adjust to their situation and oftentimes that means a psychological adjustment to lower pay and a less desirable type of work. People usually need retraining and they need time to adjust to a different lifestyle. Usually retraining involves taking the initiative to challenge something new and that can take a lot of courage and will power.

Knowing that the unemployment checks will end soon can provide an additional motivation to make changes that you know you have to make anyway.

justajoe 6 years, 5 months ago

"I can cancel my other insurance plans and stop sending in payments."

So please tell us what state would allow you to drive after you cancelled your auto insurance?

justajoe 6 years, 5 months ago


"Non sequitur. My point remains--it is NOT like any other insurance."

It's best to have a thorough understanding of the meaning of a word or phrase before casting it about like so much fertilizer.

Jeff Zamrzla 6 years, 5 months ago

Umm, do you know how the state's employer funded unemployment insurance pool works? Employers have a tax they pay per $1,000 of payroll per month. Once their tax is paid for the year, they don't pay until the next year. The moneys are put in the pool and siphoned off for the general fund regularly. Maybe you should use your hat rack for thinking and research before you show all that light is indeed faster than sound; thus allowing you to appear bright until you speak.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 5 months ago

I think one of the big problems (and, yes, on both sides equally) is that so many...most...Americans posting pronouncements about things like unemployment insurance, corporate taxes, and job creation have never owned a business with employees.

As a result, they really just guess about corporate realities. They just assume that, because this or that "sounds" logical to them, it must be logical.

And then they get all mean about it...which doesn't help one little bit. I wish we could have intelligent discussions without the nastiness. If we did, we just might be able to solve some of our problems.

Scott Tichenor 6 years, 5 months ago

Tell this crap to the folks at Martin-Logan whose jobs got shipped and are still being shipped to China and Canada. You pay your entire life and then what do you get for it? Way less in return. Brownback claiming he's made the economy better is pure b.s. Tell that to the veterans soon to return from Iraq that aren't going to be able to find jobs and who will swell the ranks of those looking for jobs. Nothing more than a smoke screen for Brokebck to try to make himself look effective.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 5 months ago

get real.

The UNEMPLOYED numbers will spike up immediately after christmas shopping. Holiday employees will be out of jobs.

Old Navy is closing their doors

Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

How's that hopenchange working out for you?

beatrice 6 years, 5 months ago

Much better than that Mavericky-WinkyWinky thing would have ever worked.

By the way, did you note the reason for letting the extended unemployment payments expire? It is because the economy is improving and growing. The economy is improving, which is the one thing your party hates to see happening right now.

So I guess that hope and change thing is doing okay after all.

beatrice 6 years, 5 months ago

Apparently, zombies can't read.

First line in this article: "Kansas announced Friday it will stop providing extended unemployment benefits to residents in early January as a result of the improving state economy."

What exactly do you think they mean by "improving state economy"? This is why the governor is making this decision. Are you calling Governor Brownback a liar?

Your rabid hatred for Obama since before he took office is so ugly. Still think "White people have no power now."? Oh, that is right, you didn't write that. It was someone else who was removed.

Zombies are such a sad lot.

beatrice 6 years, 5 months ago

So first you say that the economy wasn't improving, and now you are admitting it is. How silly. I can appreciate your not having a long attention span, but I expect you to at least remember what you put in your previous post.

I don't profess to be mature and not stupid. I do profess to thinking this site would be better off without zombies and their party over country nonsense. Others apparently agree. I mean, to be removed and then have to sneak back on using a new name -- that is just a little sad and pathetic, don't you think? But no, that wouldn't apply to you however. You are a relatively new user here. Sure you are. You aren't one of the sad and pathetic ones, so why do you care what I say about zombies?

justajoe 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I recognize those words! You're Sarah Palin, aren't you? By the way, good move shifting to "hopenchange" from "hopey, changey thing." They're both just great of course but, I don't know, the new version just sounds kinda sorta smarter, like it came right out of a fancy shmancy book or something.

Centerville 6 years, 5 months ago

Too bad farmers/ranchers aren't eligible for u/c because a lot of them in Kansas have just had their 2012 opearating collateral stolen by John Corzine and given to...wait for it...George Soros. It's now a wide open kleptocracy.

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