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Jobless rate in Kan. increases in July

August 16, 2012


TOPEKA — The Kansas unemployment rate for July increased, officials have reported.

The seasonally adjusted rate for July was 6.3 percent, which is up from 6.1 percent in June, and down from 6.7 percent one year ago.

The nonadjusted unemployment rate for July was 6.7 percent, up from 6.2 percent in June and down from 7 percent in July 2011. The unemployment rate for Douglas County was 6.6 percent, and the national jobless rate was 8.3 percent for July.

Despite the increased jobless rate, Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee said private-sector jobs were growing.

“Private-sector job growth is the encouraging note in this report,” Brownlee said.

Kansas gained 22,100 private-sector jobs, a 2 percent increase since July 2011.

Tyler Tenbrink, a state labor economist, said that in July the size of the labor force contracted by more than 6,100 people.

“Nearly all of these people came from the ranks of the employed to no longer being part of the labor force,” Tenbrink said. “This is a trend that surfaced early in 2012 and has persisted. The major age group contributing to this trend is the group of workers age 55 and over.”

Many of those workers leaving the labor force gave the answer that “they do not want a job now” when surveyed, he said. This decline in the civilian labor force affected the unemployment rate, he said.


Mike1949 5 years, 9 months ago

You notice that they never say if those are minimum wage jobs or not?

question4u 5 years, 9 months ago

This is all irrelevant. Flim-Flam Sam has promised a "shot of adrenaline to the heart" of the economy, so we will see a HUGE increase in jobs any day now and a negligible unemployment rate. There are going to be so many new jobs that the layoffs from cutting 10% of state agency budgets will be more than offset by the tidal wave of hires in the private sector. There will be so many great new jobs that people will flock to Kansas. Although many of their employers won't be paying any state income tax, these new hires will. Even if they're only making the minimum wage, the tax revenues from these new hires will more than offset the costs of educating their children, repaving the roads that will wear out sooner with more driving on them, pay for the increase in law enforcement at the state and local levels that comes with an increased population, etc.

Yes, in Kansas, where your employer pays no income tax and you are happy to pick up the slack, Utopia is about to become reality. When you have so many people who generously volunteer to pay income taxes and receive less in return so that the wealthy can have a free ride, you're living the American dream.

63BC 5 years, 9 months ago

Kansas gained 22,100 private-sector jobs, a 2 percent increase since July 2011.

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 9 months ago

Laid off teachers going to work at McDonalds.

Greg Cooper 5 years, 9 months ago

Just curious, bigtoe, but can you list those "job killing" policies "promulgated" by the President? I really am interested in knowing.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 9 months ago

What gets me is that, under Obama, there has been a net gain of private sector jobs...but the loss of government sector jobs (you know...the whole "smaller government" thing") has negatively affected the unemployment rate.

I keep wondering why all the fans of smaller government and fewer government workers are so made when the unemployment rate doesn't go down when they get what they say they want.

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

So what's the deal, Sam? You promised us economic nirvana. If you can't believe Art Laffer, who can you believe?

James Minor 5 years, 9 months ago

The Bush Administration took eight years to create the unemployment problem. The Obama Administration and policies will need at least eight years to correct the problems all states are experiencing. Sammie "The Man" Brownback is the George Bush of Kansas. Kansans must decide when Sammie is up for re-election, do we need a change for the positive - the future???? If so, we need to vote out the Brownback Coalition and elect someone who doesn't have ties to, back woods ideaologies, Pat Ryan, Mitt Romney, and the conservative status quo!!!

Katara 5 years, 9 months ago

So what kind of jobs were these 22,100 private-sector jobs and were they gained in areas that needed them such as Western KS?

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