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Good news reported on Kansas, Douglas County employment front

May 20, 2011

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— The state unemployment rate fell in April, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

The rate was 6.3 percent, down from 7.1 percent in March and 6.8 percent in April 2010.

The April seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 6.7 percent, down from 6.8 percent in March and 7.1 percent in April 2010.

In Douglas County, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent for April, a decrease from 6.2 percent in March and 5.8 percent in April 2010.

“The April labor market report gives us the first bit of good news we have had for some time,” said Kansas Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee.

Tyler Tenbrink, a labor economist with the Kansas Department of Labor, said the Kansas job market was improving but still faced challenges amid signs of inflation and uncertainty in the global economy.

The national unemployment rate stood at 9 percent for April.

In Kansas, there were 17,296 initial claims for unemployment benefits in April, down from 18,480 initial claims in March and 18,779 in April 2010.

There were 199,138 continued claims in April, down from 222,071 in March and 271,270 in April 2010.

Comments

Edward Coan 2 years, 11 months ago

Don't belief the hype! I'm sure the Redumblicans in this state will want to take credit. Even though Brownbut has not been in office long enough.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Most all new employment is seasonal warm weather employment which happens every year then takes a healthy drop when the cold sets in.

Where are the new long term employment opportunities? 10-20 years or more?

Nowhere to be found.

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Clara Westphal 2 years, 11 months ago

PEOPLE HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. ALSO SOME HAVE JUST STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK. THERE IS LITTLE TO BE HAD IN LAWRENCE.

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sr80 2 years, 11 months ago

The numbers are misleading,the low rate is from people running out of unemployment insurance.The job prospects are just as bleak as they have ever been.I know because i'm one of the numbers!

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