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Lawrence’s unemployment rate increases

July 6, 2012


The unemployment rate in Lawrence ticked up between April and May, from 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent, according to data from the Kansas Department of Labor.

However, the current 5.6 percent is better than the 5.8 percent rate in May 2011. The recent increase in the unemployment rate reflects an increase of about 150 Lawrence residents out of work.

The state unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8 percent. The state’s seasonally adjusted rate of 6.1 percent was also unchanged from April, but down from 6.7 percent a year ago. The department does not calculate a seasonally adjusted rate for Lawrence.

“The good news in this labor report is that we are markedly improved relative to last year,” said Karin Brownlee, Kansas Secretary of Labor. “Looking from month to month, we seem to be singing the ‘second verse, same as the first’ as the changes are very minor.”

The department’s monthly labor report highlighted the growth of 10,800 private sector jobs since May 2011, 5,200 of which were added in the last month alone.

In the past few years, the Lawrence unemployment rate was at its lowest, 3.2 percent, in April 2008.

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Here's a look at the Lawrence unemployment rate through the years.


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 9 months ago

“The good news in this labor report is that we are markedly improved relative to last year,” said Karin Brownlee, Kansas Secretary of Labor

It is amazing how different a spin you get when you are talking about national news and when you are talking about state news with a Republican governor.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

Columbia Missouri's unemployment rate is a 1.5% better than Larryville. Of course, one does not have to 'pay' the Troll to buy a Burger King burger in Columbia.


MaxBlue80 1 year, 9 months ago

So, not much of a fluctuation, really.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 9 months ago

to none2...the safest jobs are in the government sector in Lawrence! Have you read about layoffs at City Hall, the school district, Bert Nash, County jobs, all of the not for profit groups? huh?

Too bad the Journal World is not good enough to report for example a list of all employers in town that includes governmental jobs. Post salaries, post number of layoffs in the past 5 years and let's see exactly how the numbers stack up. Will it happen? No, it's too much work for Chad and the staff.


Kat Christian 1 year, 9 months ago

Excuse me....just because a person has tatoos, or pericings doesn't necessicerily (sp?) make them a bad guy, a thief or a loser. I've met many a person with tats and piercings and find them intelligent, thoughtful and hardworking. You can't judge a book by its cover and until you take the time to dwelve a person you can't just push them aside because of the way they look. That my friend is considered as profiling and there is way too much of this going on in this country. Yes, there are bonified weirdos in this society and don't you know they ones that look or even betray themselves as normal to fit in are the losers and creeps in reality. Look at Ted Bundy how normal he seemed and others like him. How would you feel if I saw you for the first time and judged you as a creep because I didn't like your shoes or hair or your smell? Small mindedness is a troublesome thing in our society and can only cause chaos, hurt and division of our society. Take a lesson.


BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 9 months ago

Unemployment Everywhere, USA will only increase if the anti-business Obama is re-elected. He will mandate, executive order, executive privilege, and unilaterally decide us right into European-style Socialism.


bigtoe 1 year, 9 months ago

"....the growth of ....private sector jobs....5,200 of which were added in the last month alone."

Right immediately after the Governor's zero tax on businesses bill became law.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 9 months ago

There is always fruit to be picked and crops to be harvested.

Can't find a job in Lawrence? Pack up the car and head west to CA. Hey, it was good enough for the Joads.


Flap Doodle 1 year, 9 months ago

The role of the Bush family in the Permian Extinction has never been fully investigated.


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 9 months ago

Given that General Dynamics (which used to be Vangent and one of the largest employers in Lawrence) has shut down about half of their local operation, this is no surprise to me.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 9 months ago

RINO Massive Economic Failure = RINO/Republican Job Killing Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets!

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance.

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern.

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money?

  1. Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

  2. Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time.

  3. In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative".

Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch.

Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 9 months ago

Lowe's eh....

Then people at Home Dept become unemployed ...........

Lawrence markets are saturated and no extra dollars in sight.

Lawrence has become a tax dollar moneyhole because of low wages and new growth which cannot sustain itself/

New business needs lots and lots of new available dollars which are not here.

Growing cities = more crime


friendlyjhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

I can't believe anyone is looking at the chart and, like Brownback, saying they are pleased. I am non-tattooed, over 65, clean, neat, smart and reasonably attractive and have excellent experience in many fields and wasn't able to find a job. Wasn't even holding out for top salary but the jobs I can do (accounting and legal) went to the younger employees in Lawrence, Topeka and KC. PT or FT. The point I am trying to make is that ALL sorts of people are suffering.


tomatogrower 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's put the blame where it belongs. If the corporations hadn't moved manufacturing to other countries we would be fine. Yes, we may have paid more for things, but maybe we have too much stuff already.


commonsenseanyone 1 year, 9 months ago

Tange, what exactly is a lame-wad?



Jayhawk1958 1 year, 9 months ago

Not sure I buy into the results because we are not a typical city of our size because we are a college town that revolves everything around the university. So employment numbers will always be difficult to interpret.


tange 1 year, 9 months ago

And, to those who effectively would relegate the governance of this state—and country—to a win-at-any-cost sporting event, don't lose sight of the fact that the only things generated in such competitions are... statistics.


tange 1 year, 9 months ago

How do lame-wad conservatives even see both ends of the sentences they compose here?

Ah... copy-paste... right from the unfiltered spambox.

/ ... Pete... rePete... Pete turned left, who went right...?


sierraclub 1 year, 9 months ago

Lets see, we have millions of undocumented workers in the US and millions of US workers unemployed. I wonder what the problem could be? Everytime I walk into a fast food place, spanish is the language being spoken.


fanofKU 1 year, 9 months ago

There is no excuse for people not being able to find a job. I see numerous jobs in the Lawrence Journal World everyday, you may not get paid what you were making, but it's an honest living. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Doesn't that sound like the speech we hear from Mr. Obama every time he opens his mouth. Now, isn't that change working for you??


guesswho 1 year, 9 months ago

So is it the President's fault or the Governor's fault? I'm guessing that is pretty much split down party lines.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 9 months ago

There will be some layoffs coming later. Sadly!


newmedia 1 year, 9 months ago

No reason to buck the national trend....


cheeseburger 1 year, 9 months ago

Yep, the spike in unemployment coincides with O taking office, and has remained high throughout his presidency. Indeed, the hope-n-change of no new taxes and putting people back to work hasn't worked out so well.


consumer1 1 year, 9 months ago

What year was Obama elected??? looking at above chart.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

When 'Affordable Tax Care' takes hold, everyone will get jobs because they 'get' free examines.

"Turn your head and 'cough'"


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 9 months ago

The people that want to work are working. Cut off the others and they will go to work also (Or move out of state), either way, the taxpayer wins.


LogicMan 1 year, 9 months ago

Why don't I see many, if any local high school kids working at the McDonald's?


mdlund0 1 year, 9 months ago

More proof that we didn't need that Lowe's after all. Good job, Lawrence. Good job.


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