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Kansas unemployment rate remains unchanged

November 22, 2011

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— There was little change in the Kansas unemployment picture in October.

The October jobless rate was 6.2 percent, down from 6.6 percent in both September and October 2010. But the seasonally adjusted rate for October was 6.7 percent, which was unchanged from September, and down from 6.9 percent in October 2010.

Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee said, “Our job growth continues to move in the right direction.”

Inayat Noormohmad, senior labor economist at the agency, said, “Labor markets remain steady in Kansas. Over the past few months, we have seen slow but positive trends in job numbers.”

There were 16,713 initial claims for unemployment benefits in October, down from 17,341 initial claims in September and down from 23,231 in October 2010. There were 209,659 continued claims in October, up from 184,370 in September and down from 219,323 in October 2010.

The unemployment rate for Douglas County in October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September and down from 5.8 percent in October 2010.

The U.S. unemployment rate stood at 9 percent for October.

Comments

63BC 2 years, 4 months ago

Jobs are up and unemployment is down.

Therefore we should be angry at the Governor?

Man, there's a lotta hate on this board.

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ibroke 2 years, 4 months ago

let me tell you that it could have been worse if brownback hadnt got elected thats for sure!!

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 4 months ago

They take a sampling from little cities/counties in the state. One place they used to take it was Clay Center. They extrapolate (come up with a reasonable prediction) the numbers and then say that is the rate across kansas. The feds get their numbers from the states. In other words they guess. They have to take a small sample to verify the results. If they for example used topeka it would take them weeks to verify the sample. One thing to remember for the rate they only count people drawing unemployement. The other figures like those not looking for work is the one they extrapolate and we know the rate is higer than they report. On a side note, I pay no attention to all those polls about candidates, etc. Some polls only contact 400 people and most sample in between up to a thousand. Anymore and it would take to long to extrapolate across the country. Consider this, they poll only those who are sitting at home answering the phone. They do not count many minorities because of high population concentrations and they surely do not count the young folks that only use cell phones. That's why they are not worth the breath they use to cite them. They are trying to make us believe the whole country is represented by a poll when it is not.

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FlawontheKaw 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey smarties out there, how is the unemployment rate figured anyway? Isn't it determined by the number of claims filed and not by the actual numbers of persons unemployed?

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FlawontheKaw 2 years, 4 months ago

Shovel ready refers to the job of following BB around like following the elephants around at the circus.

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troll 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm amazed at the euphemisms. It sounds like the state representatives are happy with the current job growth rate or even happy with a 9 percent unemployment rate.

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nugget 2 years, 4 months ago

"Shovel ready" to me means there's a Brownback news conference or the Journal World has written another editorial beating their drum for the Republican party.

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Getaroom 2 years, 4 months ago

Guess somebody didn't notice we already have government intervention by way Rev Gov Brownbackward, it's just that its an ever emerging form of government: The Koch Brothers, et al, version of Libertarian Capitalism and aided by BB with his firebrand Biblical Law.

By "shovel ready" you surely must be referring to those digging us deeper into disparity.

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 4 months ago

Anyone notice that in months where there is significant job growth and the unemployment level drops the Brownback administration talks about how disappointing the news is and spreads a message of doom and gloom?

Then, in months where the job growth is minimal and there is no change or an increase in unemployment, the Brownback administration talks about how positive the news is and spreads a message of happiness and rainbows?

Don't ever let any of these people speak at your funeral, or at your wedding for that matter.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

Don't be fooled. Big Daddy is responsible for saving Kansas from Brownback/Koch attempts to unemploy Kansans. Big Daddy will now cut Military spending with his planned Debt Commitee's demise. Once Boeing clears out of Witchita. His 'Green' energy complex can be built adding millions of jobs.

Government intrevention is the only way to save Kansas now.

Shovel Ready.

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