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The Kansas Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in the state dropped slightly last month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

The unemployment rate in Kansas was 4.4 percent in September, down from 4.6 percent in August. The labor department says the state gained more than 4,000 jobs last month.

Kansas' Economy Not Growing As Quickly As Nation's

Sep 27, 2013

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.

Their report says the number of jobs in the state has grown one percent so far this year and isn't keeping up with the growth of the labor force. The jobless rate in Kansas rose to 5.9 percent in August.

The largest growth forecast for 2014 is expected to be in the service sectors. Education and health services are expected to add more than 4,200 jobs.

Grants To Help Disabled Kansas Job Seekers Awarded

Sep 15, 2013

The first grants under a United Healthcare initiative to help disabled Kansas job seekers are going to groups with a collective presence across the state.

The health insurer said Friday it will provide $1.5 million in "Empower Kansas" grants over the next three years to community groups. The first five recipients were announced at a news conference in Overland Park.

The Wichita-based Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation is getting the largest grant, at nearly $116,000. The Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization was awarded $9,000.

900 New Jobs Could Be Coming To Wichita

May 17, 2013

A company that operates hotels and resorts around the world says it plans to hire about 180 people later this year for a new customer call center in Wichita.

Officials of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Starwood Hotels announced plans for the center Thursday.

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.

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. 

Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.

The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000  people employed in Kansas for 10 years.

Two state lawmakers from Wichita are seeking support for a measure that would limit employers' access to job applicants' social media accounts. 

Rep. Gail Finney and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau both back measures to keep employers from requiring applicants to provide their usernames and passwords for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.