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The U.S. Forest Service is hiring for seasonal and temporary openings in Kansas and four other states.

More than 900 jobs are available next year at national forests and grasslands.

The jobs include a variety of duties including firefighting, wildlife management, timber, recreation, trails, archeology, hydrology, botany, range, fisheries, forestry and administrative support. Firefighting work includes engine, helitack, hotshot, fuels, handcrew, prevention, airtanker base, and dispatch activities.

Traditionally, most university Spanish degrees have focused on literature and culture. One college in Wichita has changed its Spanish language program to meet a growing demand for interpreters and translators.

When Jerry Smartt was studying for her four Spanish degrees, the focus was on literature and culture.

"I have an entire wall in my office that is nothing but my best friends, which are my books," she says.

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The employment forecast for the Wichita area shows little to no job growth in 2018.

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The Kansas Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in August, an increase of two-tenths of a percent from July.

The unemployment rate in August 2016 was 4.3 percent.

The department said Friday the increased unemployment was related mostly to manufacturing layoffs and revised government job estimates.

Economist Emilie Doerksen said nonfarm employment grew by 800 jobs last month and the service-providing sector added nearly 2,000 jobs. But that was offset by temporary layoffs in manufacturing and decreased government job estimates.

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Wichita's largest annual job fair will take place on Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena.

The Get Hired Job Fair will connect employers from across Kansas with veterans, military and general job seekers.

Angie Duntz with the Wichita Work Force Alliance says up to 70 employers will be there.

“There will be companies hiring from manufacturing to hourly jobs," Duntz says. "A couple of health care industries will be there, as well as Wichita Public Schools.”

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Westar Energy on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its new training site in Wichita where high school and technical school students can explore careers in the electrical industry.

Pratt Community College students showed off their climbing skills, going up and down practice electrical poles with special boots equipped with steel shanks.

The unemployment rate remains low in Kansas, but the state has been shedding private sector jobs in recent months.

Numbers from the Kansas Department of Labor show private sector jobs were climbing from January to March. But according to a new monthly report, the state began losing private sector jobs -- more than 11,000 of them from March to June.

Manufacturing jobs fell over that period, but not nearly as much as service sector jobs. The area that sagged the most includes the support jobs for organizations, such as office administration, personnel services and cleaning.

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A new company is coming to Wichita and is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to downtown.

Virginia-based Faneuil provides business outsourcing services, such as customer care and tech assistance. It employs about 5,000 people at 20 locations nationwide.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell announced Thursday that the firm's new location will be in Union Station downtown.

“We think that’s a great opportunity to see an additional 400 employees in the heart of our city," he said.

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Across the country, youth employment is declining due to technology and to more adults looking for work. The Wichita Workforce Center is offering workshops to help teens find summer jobs.

Angie Duntz, communications director for Workforce Alliance, says the center will present three different workshops in one day. Young people who attend the free workshops will learn about what it takes to obtain a summer job.

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Kansas gained 4,600 private sector jobs last month, and its unemployment rate dropped to the lowest it's been since November 2000.

A preliminary report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor says the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in March from 4 percent in February. The state gained 3,600 nonfarm jobs over the year. It picked up 4,600 private-sector jobs and lost 1,000 government jobs.