Economy

Economy
5:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

More Kansas Families Struggle As Assistance Shrinks

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. 

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Economy
7:30 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Kansas Housing Market ‘Picking Up Steam’

The cover of the 2013 housing market forecast by WSU's Center for Real Estate.
Wichita State University

The Wichita State University Center for Real Estate has released their 2013 Kansas housing markets forecast, and home sales in the state are expected to rise.

Kansas home sales will rise by more that 6 percent in 2013 according to the report released Thursday.

Director of the WSU Real Estate Center Dr. Stan Longhofer says home prices will also begin to inch their way up. Home prices in Kansas have remained basically flat for the last few years.

Longhofer says the Wichita area saw a sharp drop in housing activity after the home buyer tax credit expired in 2010.

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Tourism
7:02 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Gov. Brownback Announces Committee To Guide Tourism Efforts In The State

Spring duck migration at Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas.
Jeff Slater Flickr

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced the formation of the Kansas Ecotourism Steering Committee Wednesday at Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center.

Gov. Brownback says the 16-member steering committee will help guide ecotourism efforts as well as recommend objectives and marketing strategies to grow the industry in the state.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison will spearhead the group.

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Jobs
7:12 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Siemens To Lay Off 150 Workers In Hutch

Wind turbines at work.
Nuala Flickr

The company Siemens will lay off around 150 workers at their facility in Hutchinson.

The plant builds parts for wind turbines. The company blames a slowdown in wind turbine orders.

Siemens officials say uncertainty about a federal tax credit has slowed new wind power development, so they’re selling fewer wind turbines.

The credit helps pay for installing wind turbines, and it’s set to expire at the end of this year.

The company also says more natural gas power plants and the economy have slowed sales.

Employment
6:49 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Council OKs Pay Raises For Kansas State Employees

Highway patrol officers are among those state employees that will see a pay raise this year.
Nick Young Flickr

More than $11 million in raises for thousands of Kansas state employees have cleared a final step.

The increases were given formal approval Monday by the State Finance Council, made up of Governor Sam Brownback and top legislative
leaders.

Kansas lawmakers approved $11.2 million for the raises in May as part of the state budget for the fiscal year that began in July.

Nearly 4,300 state employees will benefit, including some Highway Patrol troopers and corrections officers at state prisons and juvenile detention centers.

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Economy
7:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

Employment
6:12 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

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