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.
Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.
“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.
"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."
The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.
House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.
Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill
A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.
The Wichita City Council delayed their vote to choose an interim candidate for the District IV seat; A women's organization is remodeling Dr. Tiller's old clinic to meet the states new abortion regulations; State expects continued job growth.
Vote To Fill Vacant City Council Seat Delayed
The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to postpone a vote for the interim District Four seat vacated by Kansas senator-elect Michael O'Donnell. The council plans to fill the position next week.
Wichita based Koch industries Thursday announced plans to expand its northeast campus on 37th Street between Hillside and Oliver.
The new 210,000-square-foot building will be three stories, include a large cafe and have space for 745 employees. Koch spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia says currently Koch Industries in Wichita employs 2,800 people.
"That number, we know, will be significantly increasing," says Cohlmia.