jobs http://kmuw.org en Kansas Sees Record Employment, Jobless Rate Unchanged http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-sees-record-employment-jobless-rate-unchanged <p>A new report says the Kansas jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent in May while the state saw record employment.</p><p>The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that nearly 1.43 million Kansas residents were employed in May, up from both April of this year and May 2013.</p><p>The agency also said that last month’s unemployment rate was significantly better than the 5.6 percent seen in May 2013.</p><p>Labor Market information services director Justin McFarland said the figures show rising demand for workers from employers and greater confidence in the state’s economy.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:47:21 +0000 Associated Press 36252 at http://kmuw.org State Jobless Rate Dips To 4.8 Percent For January http://kmuw.org/post/state-jobless-rate-dips-48-percent-january <p>A new Kansas Department of Labor report says the state's jobless rate dipped to 4.8 percent in January.</p><p>The department found that January's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from the 4.9 percent recorded for December</p><p>The report also shows that total non-farm, private-sector employment in January topped 1.12 million--that's a gain of 20,500 jobs over the past year.</p><p>The state saw its most robust growth in construction.</p><p>61,000 people held jobs in January, compared with just over 55,000 in the January of 2013.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:06:22 +0000 Associated Press 31648 at http://kmuw.org Report: Kansas Could See Slightly Higher Job Growth In 2014 http://kmuw.org/post/report-kansas-could-see-slightly-higher-job-growth-2014 <p>Researchers at Wichita State University predict Kansas will see slightly higher job growth in 2014 than it did last year.</p><p>The Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts employment will increase by 1.4 percent, or about 18,000 jobs.</p><p>Professional and business services are expected to see the biggest increase with more than 5,300 new jobs.</p><p>A net loss of 700 jobs is forecast for public employment.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:47:26 +0000 Associated Press 28691 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 OnWords: A Job Of Work http://kmuw.org/post/onwords-job-work <p></p><p>It might be helpful to view the word “work” in comparison to the word “job.” The archaic phrase “job of work” suggests that we did not always use these words interchangeably.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Lael Ewy 27046 at http://kmuw.org OnWords: A Job Of Work Agreement Between U.S. and E.U. Could Lead To 7,000 New Kansas Jobs http://kmuw.org/post/agreement-between-us-and-eu-could-lead-7000-new-kansas-jobs <p>A new report says Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.</p><p>The report estimates Kansas' exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.</p><p>Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce says Kansas had $1.8 billion worth of exports to the European Union in 2012.</p><p>That makes the E.U. countries Kansas' second-largest export destination, behind Canada.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:22:59 +0000 Associated Press 27035 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Though State Gained 15,400 Jobs in February http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-unemployment-rate-holds-steady-though-state-gained-15400-jobs-february <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jobless rate in Kansas isn't falling, but it didn't get worse in February.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 5.8 percent, while the smooth seasonally adjusted number remained steady at 5.5 percent for the fourth month. In February 2012, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:15:39 +0000 Kate Clause 14924 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Though State Gained 15,400 Jobs in February Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair http://kmuw.org/post/senior-services-hold-31st-annual-job-fair <p>Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.</p><p>“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.</p><p>"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."</p><p>The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:19:28 +0000 Milt Radford 13798 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.07.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-30713 <p><em>House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.</em></p><p><strong>Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill</strong></p><p>A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/kan-house-committee-takes-union-bargaining-bill">More...</a></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:26:32 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 13799 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.07.13 Democrats Unveil Jobs Proposals http://kmuw.org/post/democrats-unveil-jobs-proposals <p>Democrats in the Legislature have unveiled their jobs proposals for this session. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:44:17 +0000 Stephen Koranda 12563 at http://kmuw.org