7:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kansas Labor Department: Unemployment And Jobs Both Up Slightly

The latest state labor report says the Kansas unemployment rate edged higher in May.

Despite that, the state also saw modest growth in private-sector jobs over the past year.

The Kansas Department of Labor 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.

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6:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas Oil Production Up, Natural Gas Down

A new report from the Kansas Geological Survey shows oil production in Kansas last year was up over 2011, but natural gas production was down.

Officials with the survey report the nearly 44 million barrels of oil produced last year were the most since 1995. The oil had a value of $3.7 billion.

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7:55 am
Thu May 9, 2013

New Report Says Kansas Dangerous Place To Work

According to a new report from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Kansas is a dangerous place to work when compared with most other states.

The report, "Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect," ranks Kansas 40th out of the 50 states based on the rate of workplace fatalities in 2011.

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2:43 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Job Growth Expected To Increase In Kansas

A  report from WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research projects modest job growth in Kansas this year.

It’s driven partially by the energy, construction and services sectors.

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12:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Gets 'A' Grade For Small Business-Friendly Practices

Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from's Small Business Survey. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

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.

Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:

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1:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kansas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Though State Gained 15,400 Jobs in February

Unemployment rates by county
Credit Kansas Department of Labor

The jobless rate in Kansas isn't falling, but it didn't get worse in February. 

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. 

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8:34 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Bowling Event Expected To Bring $14M To Wichita

The 2019 Women's USBC Bowling Championships will be held in Wichita.
Credit johnkeelty/Flickr--Creative Commons

Wichita will once again be host to the nation’s top female bowlers.

In 2019 the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will be held in the city. It will run April-June and is expected to generate around $14 million in economic impact for south-central Kansas.

The event was last held in Wichita in 2004.

The bid to bring the championship to Wichita was a collaboration between the city of Wichita, the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Wichita Sports Commission, and the Great Plains USBC Association.

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5:59 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Kansas Housing Agencies Receive $1.2M To Help Renters

A row of houses in Lawrence, Kansas.
Credit Kathryn Greenhill / Flickr

Ten nonprofit groups and public housing agencies in Kansas have been awarded $1.2 million to help renters find affordable housing.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation announced the grants Wednesday. They say the funds can be used on subsidies for renters or to help them pay utilities and security deposits. 

The award money comes from the federal government but the grants are administered by the state's housing corporation, an independent agency with a board appointed by the governor.

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12:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kansas Below National Average For Food Stamp Use

Monthly averages for Kansas food assistance recipients.

Despite record levels of participation, Kansas remains below the national average in residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps.

A new fact sheet released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 315,000 Kansans were enrolled in the program in September 2012. That is 11 percent of the state population, or 1 in 9 people. 

That is up from 184,036 Kansas enrollees in 2008.

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6:09 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Department of Labor Expects Continued Job Growth in KS

The unemployment rate in Kansas continues to beat the national average.

In Kansas, the unemployment rate stands at 5.4 percent. That's well below the U.S. average of 7.8 percent.

Tyler Tenbrink is with the Kansas Department of Labor. He says the state is expecting continued improvement in 2013.

"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.