unemployment rate http://kmuw.org en Kansas Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly In June http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-unemployment-rate-increases-slightly-june <p>Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.</p><p>The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.</p><p>The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:17:47 +0000 Associated Press 37677 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback Signs Bill That Cuts Unemployment Taxes For Employers http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-signs-bill-cuts-unemployment-taxes-employers <p>Governor Brownback has signed a bill on Tuesday that he says will save Kansas employers about $42 million dollars.</p><p>It adjusts employers’ payments to the fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers.</p><p>His office says the bill will lower payments for about 44,000 businesses. Employers who’ve paid more into the fund than their workers have received in benefits will see a 15 percent cut in rates.</p><p>The bill also provides a discounted rate to non-construction employers who open businesses in Kansas.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:15:31 +0000 Associated Press 32745 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Unemployment Rate Drops Below 5 Percent http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-unemployment-rate-drops-below-5-percent <p>The Department of Labor's latest report says the Kansas economy continued to improve at the end of 2013; the state's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.</p><p>Labor Secretary Lana Gordon says Kansas gained 10,000 nonfarm jobs in 2013.</p><p>Nine of the 11 major industry sectors posted job gains last year, topped by professional and business services.</p><p>Declines of 100 jobs were reported in government employment and 800 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:30:30 +0000 Associated Press 29457 at http://kmuw.org State Jobless Rate Falls http://kmuw.org/post/state-jobless-rate-falls <p>Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, its lowest mark in nearly five years. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:43:31 +0000 Associated Press 27890 at http://kmuw.org