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Kansas jobless rate dips to 6.2 % in Aug.

September 22, 2012

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TOPEKA — Kansas officials on Friday reported several positive trends in the state’s economy from August, including a small dip in the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent.

The state Department of Labor said unemployment also decreased in all five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas, both over the month and over the year. The agency reported slightly more Kansans held nonfarm jobs in August than in August 2011, and the number of people filing unemployment claims also decreased.

“We’re seeing improvements,” said Tyler Tenbrink, a labor department economist. “There are job openings out there.”

The agency’s latest monthly report said the statewide, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined from 6.3 percent in July and was lower than the 6.7 percent recorded in August 2011. Almost 92,000 people were unemployed and actively seeking work in August, but the figure in August 2001 was 104,000.

About 1.34 million Kansans held nonfarm jobs in August, up 17,700 from August 2011, growth of 1.3 percent. The growth in employment by private companies was 1.5 percent, as businesses added 16,800 jobs over the year, with employment in professional and business services growing 6.3 percent.

The state also saw growth in employment in manufacturing and education and health services. Manufacturing companies added about 5,300 jobs over the year, a boost of 3.3 percent, while employment in education and health services grew 2.4 percent, or by 4,400 jobs.

Tenbrink described the overall growth in employment as “slow and steady” and said it’s been a trend since mid-2010. Department officials would like it to be more robust, however.

He also said the department continues to see a trend, evident since January, in which workers 55 and older are leaving the job market and probably opting for retirement, including several thousand in August. Ultimately, Tenbrink said, that could free up jobs for younger workers.

Comments

commonsenseanyone 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice work Brownback! Thanks for bucking the trends of our past and making changes for a better tomorrow. Eat your hearts out lefties, Kansas is forging ahead despite all of your constant criticism of Sam Brownback.

Kathy Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry to break it to you, but it's all Obamas fault. :-)

avarom 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe he needs to lose his job....Just to know how it feels......it would be nice to see him as an EDD statistic....and on Obumacare......and maybe on the wait list....8:-))

Kathy Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

The Golden Rule is part of every religion and as a christian, god demands you treat others kindly. I find it sad that you would wish these things on another human.

DinoHackett 2 years, 2 months ago

What happens when the new direction (tax cuts) are successful and we actually have tax revenues increase with the improved economy? I'm sure all the detractors will be back on here praising Brownback and admitting they were wrong!

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd be happy to do that, but let me stop by and pick up a lottery ticket first. Guess which one I think is more likely to pay off?

CastleRock 2 years, 2 months ago

Not much of a surprise with the news of the KS unemployment. A slow but steady improvement in the overall jobs market.....not only in KS....but the nation. Just another reason why Obama's chances of getting re-elected keep improving.

DinoHackett 2 years, 2 months ago

I think Romney has more to do with Obama's chances.

Currahee 2 years, 2 months ago

Have you heard of the latest unemployment figures? Probably not. Ticked up .1%, unemployment rose in half the states. We should consider ourselves lucky. Only 96,000 jobs were created in August. We need about 200,000 a month to accomodate population growth and to regain what we lost during the great recession. Keep your facts straight please.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years, 2 months ago

OH, golly... Let us bow to the virtue of population growth. It is the be all end all and regain all...of our recessive gene pool miracle of all ends.

Armstrong 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's a quick overview of Sam vs Barry. Who has produced results, who has not.

Sam Brownback, inherited Kates debt when she was Gov. Today Kansas has a surpluss and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Barry, inherited GWB's debt, we are now up to $16 Trillion in debt and still 8.+ % unemployment.

End result, not even close. Barry has failed and not just on an economic level.

grammaddy 2 years, 2 months ago

Surplus? Then why don't our schools have the money they need? Education must not be a priority here in Brownbackistan.

Armstrong 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes it's public knowledge our state revenue exceeds expenses. Based on your analogy the rest of America should be scholors but collectively America now can't even make the top ten best educated.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

They can say that, but it wouldn't be true.

headdoctor 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry grammaddy. The budget surplus is just smoke and mirrors created out of speculation figures based on the future year budget. There is no surplus when Kansas has an outstanding debt of almost $28.5 billion.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Because people with half a brain know that neither presidents nor governors nor tax cuts to the wealthy create jobs.

fu7il3 2 years, 2 months ago

Or...maybe neither one of them are directly responsible. Wouldn't that be insane? If we didn't give credit to one party or another, for once?

fu7il3 2 years, 2 months ago

Apparently they don't, or people wouldn't argue about them.

Armstrong 2 years, 2 months ago

You want to prop up a failure go ahead. KS is a red state. The KS electoral vote will be for Romney in Nov. There is nothing you can do about that fact.

Katara 2 years, 2 months ago

"He also said the department continues to see a trend, evident since January, in which workers 55 and older are leaving the job market and probably opting for retirement, including several thousand in August. Ultimately, Tenbrink said, that could free up jobs for younger workers."

Um, no. Those companies are simply not filling those positions and the remaining workers just have more added to their job requirements.

pijacob 2 years, 2 months ago

"Tenbrink described the overall growth in employment as “slow and steady” and said it’s been a trend since mid-2010."

Brownie took office in January 2011. So the job growth was already happening before he got there.

skull 2 years, 2 months ago

Stop the logic...everyone already knows that this growth is the result of glorious sam's tax breaks (that haven't kicked in yet)

1983Hawk 2 years, 2 months ago

LOL at the pliant tools rushing in here proclaiming how the tax cuts, which don't take effect until January 1, have something to do with this most recent improvement in unemployment data. You fouled your pants spectacularly and publicly yet again, boys. Back to Fixed News for new marching orders.

Kate Rogge 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't hang back now. Tell us what you really think.

Dan Eyler 2 years, 2 months ago

Very good news for Kansas. Jobs, jobs. The other message to Kansans is "get to work". When the expectation is get to work and the environment for job creation is in place we will see success. Someone mentioned money for education, schools are getting about $12,000 per student per year in local, state, and federal taxes. Schools receive more than half of the entire state budget of 14.3 BILLION DOLLARS for crimany sakes. If that doesn't get the job done I would suggest we fire all administrators in the public school system and demand better. The money is there the leadership and vision is seriously lacking.

In_God_we_trust 2 years, 2 months ago

"He also said the department continues to see a trend, evident since January, in which workers 55 and older are leaving the job market and probably opting for (involuntary) retirement, including several thousand in August."

A real improvement for 50 something year olds. They are no doubt happy to have to draw down their retirement savings 10 years early with no social security to draw on, because employers aren't obeying the age discrimination laws. It sounds like "Tenbrink" is applauding this with a twist that younger workers will get their jobs.

Corey Williams 2 years, 2 months ago

"Ultimately, Tenbrink said, that could free up jobs for younger workers." Not "will", but "could".

Topple 2 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't matter if the news is good or bad these days, does it? People start slinging garbage on every news piece.

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