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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.


mdlund0 5 years, 11 months ago

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

LogicMan 5 years, 11 months ago

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

bornon7 5 years, 11 months ago

Kids aren't working at McDonalds because grown ups need the jobs and tend to be more dependable than teens in my experience.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 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.

madameX 5 years, 11 months ago

The people who want to work are also applying for jobs and not having a whole lot of luck, either with getting the jobs or even finding jobs to apply for that pay a decent wage. At least that's been my observation. You have an incredibly narrow view of why someone might be out of work.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

How kind of you. Do you think any decent paying job wants the tatoo man working for them? The employees worth having are working, the loosers, malcontents, no-shows, and thieves are the ones looking for work. Clean up your game and there would be many a job for you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

My, what a cruel circular logic you live by. With that sour, petty attitude, if you were my employee, I'd fire you; if you were my boss, I'd quit.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

The question is, Bozo, if you were the person doing the hiring, if it were your business, would you hire the tattoo man (you know, the guy with tattoos on his neck or the teardrop tattoo under his eye)? Would you hire the loser (the guy who comes into your business reeking of alcohol and stale cigarettes. The guy dressed inappropriately)? Would you hire the malcontents, no-shows, thieves (the guys with no references, the guys just coming out of jail, the guys who just wandered into town with no permanent place to stay, no job history, no history at all that would indicate that this person would likely be an asset for your business)?

If your answer is yes, then you will soon be an ex-business owner. If your answer is no, then you and cant_have_it have much in common.

And I can tell you that as a business owner myself, the people described above come into my business all the time, seeking work. My business demands I send them away.

In_God_we_trust 5 years, 11 months ago

MadameX, you have expressed the same experience that many have expressed that are actively looking for jobs (especially if you are over 45 years old), some of them have been applying for over a year or more. I have looked at jobs in the computer industry, and the competition for one position routinely runs between 25 to 400 applications. Sam Brownback may think things are good in his state, but these numbers would speak rather firmly against a good job market for job seekers in Kansas. There are many jobs advertised and many apply that are experienced, educated and willing to work, but employers seem to ignore applicants for the most part or hire at a snail's pace. Maybe after November elections, the market will improve, and then so will employers businesses.

mdlund0 5 years, 11 months ago

Akin to saying that people who want to eat in a famine manage to find food and people who need water in a drought manage to find enough to drink. When it isn't there to be had, it isn't there.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 11 months ago

LOL! Says the person hiding behind a computer screen...

mdlund0 5 years, 11 months ago

Anyone who thinks that a president actually has control over a situation like this or is mostly to blame, republican or democrat, is fooling themselves.

Phoghorn 5 years, 11 months ago

Nope its the evil Yoch Brothers. We need to tax those Yoch Brothers at 100% so they will create more jobs. That is Phoghorn's economic plan. If you hire a new worker, we reward you with a new tax. You should be proud to do your patriotic duty.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 11 months ago

You mean "trust me, I'm from the Government. I'm here to help" ??

newmedia 5 years, 11 months ago

No reason to buck the national trend....

guesswho 5 years, 11 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.

fanofKU 5 years, 11 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??

Andrew Reeves 5 years, 11 months ago

It's not really what I hear from Obama. It IS what I heard in 2010 from the Tea Party and Republican candidates. Where are the jobs?

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 11 months ago

FanofKU, There is a lot of competition for ANY job. And the fact of the matter is that there are not enough jobs for the amount of people looking. And just because they are out there doesn't mean a person is qualified for the job. Thats what I run into. Each employer wants a different skill and no one could possibly have all the skills they are looking for. Its a highly skills-based job market and that makes it even harder to land a job.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 11 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.

tomatogrower 5 years, 11 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.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

Let's put the blame where it belongs. If the cost of doing business here in the U.S. wasn't so high compared with the cost of doing business in other countries, corporations would not have moved to those other countries. Yes, the American worker would have had to compromise on pay, and yes, regulations would have had to be relaxed, but the jobs would be here, rather than over there.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 11 months ago

How about making corporations do business here. Why do corporations get to dictate how the economy is going to work? Back in the day we didn't have mergers, acquisitions or greed, and a strong mercantile class that broadened the middle class base. Big business has abused the system which is capitalism. Reagan started whittling away on the middle class by allowing corporations to do whatever they wanted to do like taking over smaller businesses like Wal-Mart.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

Translation-- 3 cheers for the race to the bottom!!!!!

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

You forget that corporations, at least those that are publicly traded, have a fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of their shareholders. So if a corporation sees more profit in moving jobs offshore, they open themselves up to a shareholder lawsuit if they don't seize that opportunity.

It's really no different than a defense attorney putting on the best possible defense for a person he knows to be guilty. He's working within the system, just as it's designed to work. If that's a race to the bottom, so be it. But if you want a real race to the bottom, offer someone compensation for having been a victim. Then victimhood will be the aspiration of the masses.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 11 months ago

I can't disagree with that but what about unethical and criminal actions? Do the shareholders want that? I mean GE payed no income tax and what about illegal off shore accounts? Where is the social responsibility of that? I can't believe shareholders would want profits at every expense to get there.

friendlyjhawk 5 years, 11 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.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

Your problem isn't Brownback nor is it Obama. Your problem is that you're over 65. People have a natural tendency to view people such as yourself in a certain way. I'm not saying it's right. But it is true regardless of who occupies the Governor's Mansion or the White House.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 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

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 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.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 11 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.

chootspa 5 years, 11 months ago

Nope, we can't. But expanded government employment during an economic downturn can actually stimulate growth in the private sector. So the jobs should contract - but during good times. We've been doing the opposite, and that's why you're seeing things get worse. Expect the beatings to continue until morale improves.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

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

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 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.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 11 months ago

All them thar jebs that them illegals is takin from us Ahmerkins.

beatrice 5 years, 11 months ago

And I have no doubt Romney, if elected, will require that all first born males be sacrificed if entire families do not convert to Mormonism.

Hey, writing fiction is fun. Now I see why you do it so often.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 11 months ago

So we elect the guy that destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs in his own businesses, offshored a few hundred thousand more and sent a few hundred million dollars to the Caymans rather than pay taxes. I get it.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 11 months ago

"Your President has promised to increase taxes on the job creators if he is re-elected."
Job creators? Pardon me while I wipe the iced tea from my monitor. More rightie lies from BAA. Here's the truth, BAA. "Trickle down economics" is just another term for upward redistribution of wealth. There are no "job creators". Time to face reality.

Kat Christian 5 years, 11 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.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

It's not about giving a guy a chance, that guy with the tattoos or piercings. It's about paying him/her while you're giving them the chance. Or more precisely, it's paying them while you take the risk. Maybe they will turn out fine. Maybe not. But as long as I'm signing the checks, as long as I'm taking the risk, then I get to evaluate how much risk I'm willing to take.

Now if you want to take the risk, if you want to sign the paycheck, go right ahead. You create that job and you hire that person.

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 11 months ago

What you say might be true, but when people have many applications for one position they are looking for ways to pare down the list. So then those things become important.

MaxBlue80 5 years, 11 months ago

So, not much of a fluctuation, really.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 11 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.

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