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Unemployment up for 1st time since 2009

September 16, 2011

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— The Kansas unemployment rate for August increased — the first monthly increase in more than two years ­— as the state job market continued to struggle, officials reported Thursday.

The jobless rate for August was 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent in July and down from 7.1 percent in August 2010. The seasonally adjusted rate for August was 6.7 percent, up from 6.5 percent in July and down from 7 percent in August 2010.

“Overall there has been no noticeable improvement in the Kansas labor market since April,” said Tyler Tenbrink, an economist with the Kansas Department of Labor.

“This lack of employment growth has manifested itself in an increased unemployment rate for the state. This is the first increase in the statewide unemployment rate since July 2009,” Tenbrink said.

Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee said, “It is difficult for Kansas to recover from a significant recession without faster-paced job growth.”

The jobless rate in Douglas County was 6.5 percent, which is unchanged from July and last August. The national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent.

Statewide, Kansas gained 2,500 private-sector jobs since July but lost 4,800 government jobs, according to the report.

Claims for unemployment compensation also increased.

There were 21,420 initial claims for unemployment benefits in August, up from 19,706 initial claims in July and an increase from 17,632 in August 2010.

There were 231,076 continued claims in August, up from 192,155 in July and a decrease from 235,654 in August 2010.

Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback said he was encouraged by the “trajectory” of private-sector job growth in Kansas. “We need to accelerate it,” he said.

He added, “The likelihood of public-sector jobs being sustainable in the near term is not high.”

Comments

nugget 2 years, 7 months ago

The popular repeated line from conservatives is "government doesn't create jobs, businesses do." So, let's blame businesses. Oh, right, that's unless there's a Democratic president and then it's all his fault. No, I'm confused. Brokeback promised to create jobs so he must mean government can create jobs. So then, why are their fewer jobs? Blame in on our governor.

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mustrun80 2 years, 7 months ago

Scott didn't do this but I LOVE how the main stream media almost always report new job loss numbers as "Unexpected". Really, three years after the recession began, worsened under Barry, it's "unexpected"??

Yeah, the media isn't in the bag for libs.

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My_Life 2 years, 7 months ago

Everyone receiving Federal or State assistance should be required to take regular drug tests if they want to keep their free ride. It should also be illegal for anyone on assistance to possess or use tobacco or alcohol. Smokers should be denied health care assistance.

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think_about_it 2 years, 7 months ago

As long as the decline is in Government bureaucrats I'm all for higher unemployment.

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Ray Parker 2 years, 7 months ago

The SEIU and various Communist organizations organized a May Day rally in Los Angeles, CA. SEIU members marched side-by-side with Communists, union members carried Communist flags, and Communists carried union signs. Their frequent slogan was “Smash Capitalism.” The SEIU has been the biggest contributor to the political campaigns of the Mombasa Marxist, handing over some $28 million, and SEIU President Andy Stern has visited the White House some 53 times, making him the favorite and most influential guest of the Mombasa Marxist. The news medial refused to report on the May Day rally evidencing the blatant infiltration of our government and our businesses by seditious Communist agitators, invited and encouraged by the Mombasa Marxist regime. Meanwhile, SEIU, ACORN, and other leftist organizations are targeting Wall Street and several major cities with a “Day of Rage” disruptive protest on Saturday September 17.

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dizthewiz 2 years, 7 months ago

I am sort of surprised it took someone this long to blame Obama for the jobless rate declining in KS. Don't you see the correlation between Brownback just getting in office and then the sudden decline after two years of NOT declining???

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 7 months ago

Not only is Brownback not creating jobs, but unemployment has risen.

"He added, “The likelihood of public-sector jobs being sustainable in the near term is not high.”"

Maybe, Sam. But this means job growth under your administration will also not be high, and thus hopefully your tenure as governor will not be long.

Brownback gets an "F" for job growth.

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dogsandcats 2 years, 7 months ago

But I thought Sam the Sham was going to create new jobs.

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CountyResident 2 years, 7 months ago

Are jobs that the government contracts with a company to perform counted as a private sector job or a government job? It seems to me that if the government is funding the project, than it should be classified as a government job. Does anyone know?

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