Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kansas unemployment drops to 6.1 percent in January

March 13, 2012


— A new report shows the Kansas unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in January, with modest job growth over the previous year.

The state Department of Labor said Tuesday the January jobless rate declined from 6.4 percent in December and 6.8 percent in January 2011, with the figures adjusted for seasonal factors.

Department officials said one sign the state's economy is improving was January's increase in jobs from the same month a year earlier. The number rose by 12,200, or almost 1 percent.

The agency noted that while government jobs declined, private employers added about 22,000 jobs over the year, an increase of about 2 percent.

Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee says the job growth in the private sector is encouraging.


hyperinflate 6 years, 1 month ago


Can't possibly be the result of Obama policies.

Gotta be the work of Gov. Sam Brownback only.

If it is in any way the result of Obama, then the improvement clearly should have been much better than it was.


Shaun Hittle 6 years, 1 month ago

The 6.4 percent is seasonally adjusted, which is apparently a better number to use, according to economists. We're still trying to figure all this out, because the DOL doesn't have the Lawrence seasonally adjusted in the report.

We'll try and get something in soon that helps clear this up...


Shaun Hittle 6 years, 1 month ago

Gandalf, There an issue with the numbers. it's a little complicated, but we will have an update version up soon. The AP was using different ones from us, so we'll try and explain why we came to wildly different conclusions, etc.

Richard Payton 6 years, 1 month ago

Election year politics brings out all sorts of numbers. Depends on the person counting I guess.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 1 month ago

I will give credit to Brownback about the lowering rate IF the Republicans give credit to Obama for the full three year bull market on the stock exchange.

James Minor 6 years, 1 month ago

Let us all stand up and look over Brownback Mountain and give recognition to the RePubs that came to Kansas last week and helped lower the unemployment rate. We should expect that electing either BisRomney, Sanitarium, Rue Paul, or the EyeofNewt, will improve the standard of living for all Kansans.

notasheeple 6 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm. According to another LJWorld article, the unemployment rate of recent law school graduates is 22%.

Very Interesting.

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