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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.

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Topple 1 year, 6 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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SageonPage 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Governor Brownback for putting Kansans first instead of the national democrat party line from previous administrations in Kansas! With an adult in charge things are looking up!

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In_God_we_trust 1 year, 6 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.

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Dan Eyler 1 year, 6 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.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

And will be responsible for the demise of this great country, then what? Better run!

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Business owners know what's coming hawk, keep fooling yourself. All of you takers are the original tools but to ignorant to realize.

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1983Hawk 1 year, 6 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.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

Funny how Obama supporter keep moving the goalpost to accommodate how they think. Who's stupid? Wake up takers!

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pijacob 1 year, 6 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.

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autie 1 year, 6 months ago

I hear that the unemployment rate for Main Street program workers just shot up to 100%....The band they got for those bucks was pretty good considering how little was spent on it. Swift move, that should create some more jobs.

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Katara 1 year, 6 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.

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fu7il3 1 year, 6 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?

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 6 months ago

Pretty much sums it up. Why do I hear crickets?

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Armstrong 1 year, 6 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.

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Achmed_McGillicutty 1 year, 6 months ago

Gov. Sam Brownback: one of several Republican governors who are bringing fiscal sanity back their state.

Thanks for the job well done, Sam!

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

The number went down because people that have quit looking for work are not counted in the unemployment percentage.

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CastleRock 1 year, 6 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.

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DinoHackett 1 year, 6 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!

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Kathy Getto 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 6 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.

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kansasdaughter 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, this is great news to start the day!

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