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June employment report includes some good news

July 22, 2011


— State officials on Thursday said there was some positive news in Kansas’ June unemployment report.

The June jobless rate of 6.7 percent was up from 6.3 percent in May and down from 6.9 percent in June 2010. The June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 percent was unchanged from May and down from 7 percent in June of last year.

Private sector jobs increased by 5,600 from May, while government jobs decreased by 9,600.

“The positive news in this month’s report is the growth in private sector jobs in Kansas. The job losses in the government sector were primarily seasonal employment losses, which are to be expected,” said Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee.

Yuan Gao, a Kansas labor department economist, said: “The Kansas labor market saw little change in June this year. Future monthly data will show whether this is a temporary pause in employment growth or an actual shift to anemic growth. However, with the employment gains in manufacturing and in health care and social assistance, we think this is more likely to be a temporary pause in a slow recovery.”

The national unemployment rate for June was 9.2 percent.

The Douglas County unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, an increase from 5.7 percent in May and 6.2 percent from June 2010.

Statewide, there were 18,884 initial claims for unemployment benefits in June, slightly more than the 18,708 initial claims in May, and up from 15,551 in June 2010.

There were 195,006 continued claims in June, down from 235,488 in May 2011 and a decrease from 263,123 in June 2010. Ʈ


Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 6 months ago

How is this report good news?

This year, 5,600 private sector jobs added... In 2010, there were 9,900 private sector jobs added.

Private sector job growth is down by almost 50% and this is good news?

3,300 more people filed for unemployment than last year and this is good news?

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 6 months ago

The author doesn't say it is good news, the state officials say it is good news.

Bob Burton 6 years, 6 months ago

Any time you lose government jobs & gain private sector jobs, you are going in the right direction.. Stay cool.. Have a great day..

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 6 months ago

Sure, and Kansas was going in the right direction to a greater degree in 2010. You know, part of Brownback's "Lost Decade".

overthemoon 6 years, 6 months ago

On Steve Kreske's Up to Date on KCUR yesterday, Brownback said the private sector added 11,000 jobs. So....what's the real number. And is the labor dept to be trusted now that its run by a Brownback appointee who can't get numbers to agree with the gov's??

And what 'seasonal' jobs with the state would be terminated in the spring? Seems that seasonal jobs are often summer jobs doing construction, grounds keeping, etc.

tolawdjk 6 years, 6 months ago

Do they hire temp work for tax season?

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago

Odd story.

9,600-5,600=4,000 jobs lost this month.

Douglas country unemployment rate is up from last month.

Overall, unemployment in KS seems to be about the same as last year.

Where's the good news exactly?

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