Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kansas unemployment rate for January remains high at 7.4 percent

March 10, 2011


The state unemployment rate remained troubling.

The January rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 percent in December, but down from 7.9 percent in January 2010, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Labor.

The January seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 6.8 percent, unchanged from December and down from 7.2 percent in January 2010.

“The Great Recession continues to take a tremendous toll on the Kansas economy,” said Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee.

She said Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration was working to improve the economy.

“Improving the tax and regulatory climate will help take some of the sting out of this recession and get Kansans back to work,” she said.

There were 32,089 initial claims for unemployment benefits in January, up from 27,889 initial claims in December 2010 and down from 33,075 in January 2010. There were 297,180 continued claims in January, up from 229,788 in December 2010 and down from 313,032 in January 2010.

The Douglas County jobless rate was 6.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December, and up from January 2010 when it was 6.5 percent.


Jimo 7 years, 1 month ago

“Improving the tax and regulatory climate will help take some of the sting out of this recession and get Kansans back to work."

Notice how the unemployment rate for "Kansans" is kept artificially low ... by exporting "ex-Kansans" out of the state. But by all means, let's continue with the no-tax and write-your-own regulatory climate. Who doesn't enjoy a trip out of state to visit the grandkids?

newmath 7 years, 1 month ago

Compared to December, Up from 6.4 to 7.4? Almost 70,000 additional weeks claimed? divide by 4 and that is almost 17,500 more people claiming benefits, but only about 4000 new claims. So what does that mean? Are people who were re-employed now losing their jobs again?

Kat Christian 7 years, 1 month ago

probably...because most jobs in Lawrence and temporary jobs re: Vangent. Plus there is a propensity of not wanting to hire older adults, so that leaves us Boomers unemployed or constantly seeking better jobs from being forced to accept lower paying jobs or volunteer positions. Something needs to change here in Lawrence on the hiring aspect. Less profiling, more acceptance of experience from the older generation and better pay.

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