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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.

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There's mixed news for the Kansas jobs picture in the latest U.S. Department of Labor report, released Monday.

One thing is clear in the report. Kansas lost jobs this past January when compared to a year ago: 2400, to be exact, about a two-tenths of 1 percent loss.

When you compare January 2016 to this Janaury, Kansas had the seventh-worst job performance of any state.

Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado all did better. Oklahoma did worse.

However, Gov. Sam Brownback's office points to a different report, covering the previous year, calendar 2015.

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The 2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair will take place on Thursday, March 9. Employers will be on hand to talk to prospective employees at 11 workforce centers across the state including in Wichita, Wellington and El Dorado.

Twenty-five employers will be at the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair in Wichita. Angie Duntz, communications director for Workforce Alliance, says job seekers will be able to apply for a variety of positions at all three sites in southcentral Kansas.

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More than twenty construction firms will be represented at the Construction Career Jobs Fair on Saturday at the Wichita Workforce Center.

Angie Duntz with the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas says the goal is to connect the companies with qualified job seekers.

"The top five positions that companies will be hiring for on Saturday are the construction laborer, carpenter, concrete finisher, heavy equipment operator and diesel mechanic but those are not the only jobs that will be available," she says.

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A Kansas House Committee is expected to vote Monday on a bill aimed at helping to revitalize the Kansas aviation industry.

House Bill 2036 would provide tax credits to graduates of accredited engineering programs who go to work in the Kansas aviation industry. Companies that hire them also would qualify for credits.

Jason Watkins, a lobbyist for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, says the incentives could help reverse a steady decline in aviation jobs that has lasted more than a decade. He says employment has dropped by 17 percent since 2005.

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Employment in Kansas is expected to grow about 1 percent in the coming year, according to a new forecast out of Wichita State University.

WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research says total nonfarm employment is expected to increase by almost 14,000 jobs. Most of the jobs will be in the service industry and the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

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A new report shows Kansas lost thousands of jobs between October and November.

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The Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is launching a new job-training program that’s designed to get more people into the advanced manufacturing industry.

The Workforce Alliance is coordinating a tuition-free training program that’s expected to start next spring. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $6 million grant for the project.

Students at Wichita State University, Hutchinson Community College and Wichita Area Technical College will be able to get paid on-the-job training at area manufacturers in addition to their classroom education.

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More than 20 Wichita businesses including Walmart, Dillons and several temp agencies will take part in a Job Fair Expo Thursday at a local Wichita church.

The job fair targets formally incarcerated people but is open to anyone who is seeking employment. Organizer David Wilkinson says additional services will also be offered, including from the Kansas Department of Commerce through the Workforce Alliance, making available their mobile workforce center.

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