economy http://kmuw.org en Kansas' Economy Not Growing As Quickly As Nation's http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-economy-not-growing-quickly-nations <p>Researchers at The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University say the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation as a whole.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:18:26 +0000 Associated Press 24051 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Labor Department: Unemployment And Jobs Both Up Slightly http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-labor-department-unemployment-and-jobs-both-slightly <p><a href="http://www.dol.ks.gov/LMIS/newsrelease/pr1305/pr1305.aspx">The latest state labor report</a> says the Kansas unemployment rate edged higher in May.</p><p>Despite that, the state also saw modest growth in private-sector jobs over the past year.</p><p><a href="http://www.dol.ks.gov/">The Kansas Department of Labor</a> says the jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, up from 5.6 percent in April but down from 6.1 percent in May 2012. The report also says private companies employed about 14,400 more workers last month than in May 2012, an increase of 1.3 percent.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:15:28 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 19242 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-demographics-education-and-economics <p></p><p>One of the consequences of the Presidential election of 2012 is an increased awareness of the changing demographics of American society. Specifically, it is projected that, by the year 2050, non-whites will constitute the majority of the American population. Wed, 01 May 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robert E. Weems Jr. 16486 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics Kansas Gets 'A' Grade For Small Business-Friendly Practices http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-gets-grade-small-business-friendly-practices <p>Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from <a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/ks/#2013/state">Thumbtack.com's Small Business Survey</a>. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.</p><p>The survey bases its grades on data gathered from a nationwide group of more than 7,000 small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. The rankings were released in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.</p><p>Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:04:17 +0000 Kate Clause 15123 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 4.2.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-4213 <p><em>Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.</em></p><p><strong>Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly</strong></p><p>Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/tax-negotiations-moving-slowly">More...</a></p><p><strong>Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law</strong></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 10:23:57 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 15054 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 4.2.13 Bowling Event Expected To Bring $14M To Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/bowling-event-expected-bring-14m-wichita <p>Wichita will once again be host to the nation’s top female bowlers.</p><p>In 2019 the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will be held in the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will run April-June and is expected to generate around $14 million in economic impact for south-central Kansas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event was last held in Wichita in 2004. </span></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:34:24 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 13425 at http://kmuw.org Bowling Event Expected To Bring $14M To Wichita Department of Labor Expects Continued Job Growth in KS http://kmuw.org/post/department-labor-expects-continued-job-growth-ks <p>The unemployment rate in Kansas continues to beat the national average.</p><p>In Kansas, the unemployment rate stands at 5.4 percent. That's well below the U.S. average of 7.8 percent.</p><p>Tyler Tenbrink is with the Kansas Department of Labor. He says the state is expecting continued improvement in 2013.</p><p>"Currently we are at 5.4 percent, we project that to continue to come down - not quite at that rapid pace, but a more moderated pace," he says.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:09:45 +0000 Kansas Public Radio 10948 at http://kmuw.org More Kansas Families Struggle As Assistance Shrinks http://kmuw.org/post/more-kansas-families-struggle-assistance-shrinks <p></p><p>A new report says more Kansas families are sinking into poverty, but recent changes in state policy will make it more difficult from them to qualify for government assistance.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:47:27 +0000 Bryan Thompson 8536 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-agency-finds-increase-job-vacancies <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:13:31 +0000 Associated Press 5432 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-agency-finds-increase-job-vacancies-0 <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:12:01 +0000 Associated Press 5433 at http://kmuw.org