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Unemployment is down in Kansas to a nearly four-year low. Do you feel the economy is doing better?

Response Percent Votes
60% 332
39% 214
Total 546


FlintHawk 1 year, 5 months ago

Lower unemployment rates is a misleading indicator. The "good news" doesn't take into account those long term unemployed who no longer show up on the books nor those who have moved out of the area. It also doesn't account for the underemployed: highly skilled workers who've taken unskilled, low-paying jobs to keep food on the table.


sierraclub 1 year, 5 months ago

$6,000,000,000,000 later. Are we better off?


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 5 months ago

I am always surprised when people blame the president, congress or the government for their financial troubles. After all, government is a word that describes a process of governing that includes multiple layers from city to the United States Congress. It also includes all three branches of the Federal government. I do feel badly for those who are hurting, because it is all about the money and events in one's life can turn sour very fast, no matter how hard you try. I have always thought that Lewis Carrol was using the Red Queen and other characters in Alice in Wonderland as metaphors, especially the running in place scenes. On one level it is just a fun book for children, if you read it at another level you can get so much more out of it. Ordinary people have felt dumped on for a very long time, but if you are looking for a culprit, you might look closer to home, than the Federal level.


LogicMan 1 year, 5 months ago

Is average earned-income per Kansan per month data available?

As mentioned above, I'd wager that it is flat or decreasing over the last four or so years. Especially when compared to real inflation, including energy and food costs.


Clara Westphal 1 year, 5 months ago

My neighbor recently lost his house in forecloser. I have two people in my family who are underemployed and working for minimum wage. It is hard for us to see that the economy is improving that much.

I am happy for the people who have work and wish them well.


toe 1 year, 5 months ago

Lawrence slips when the rest of the State improves. Being so dependent on public funds puts this university town at risk.


BABBOY 1 year, 5 months ago

Stimulus from two years ago is kicking in and helping. Not that any of the conservative jerks in this flipping state will acknowledge it…

Just to clear the records, I hate you jerks on the conservative side every bit as you hate me. More actually....


CWGOKU 1 year, 5 months ago

That is one big cul de sac.............. 11 houses, wow


midwestmom 1 year, 5 months ago

Not until I see fewer 'For Sale' signs in yards and fewer foreclosure notices in papers. Unemployment may be down, but are people earning enough to pay their mortgages at their new jobs?

I live on a cul=de=sac that has 11 houses on it. 3 of the houses have been up for sale this year because of job loss due to business closures. Home values seem to be tanking...


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