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A new report says Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.

The report estimates Kansas' exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce says Kansas had $1.8 billion worth of exports to the European Union in 2012.

That makes the E.U. countries Kansas' second-largest export destination, behind Canada.

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. 

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Mar 7, 2013

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.

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Democrats Unveil Jobs Proposals

Feb 11, 2013

Democrats in the Legislature have unveiled their jobs proposals for this session.

Jobless rate remains unchanged; Kansas officials to make anti-human trafficking announcement; Wichita to celebrate MLK day with several events.

Kansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.4 Percent

A new report says the Kansas unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent in December while the state recorded modest job growth over the previous year.

The report from the state Labor Department also says last month's jobless figure was down one full point from December 2011.

 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.

Howard and Helmer Architecture / Koch Industries

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.

Group to protest Kobach policies in support of DREAM Act; Larned State Hospital names new director; Kansas Wheat crop suffers from another dry week.

National Group To Protest Kobach Policies

Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.

A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join with others at an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building.

Ethics complaint against Jan Pauls dismissed; Democratic leaders expected to unveil jobs proposal Thursday at events across state; Feds ease Medicare restrictions.

Ethics Complaint Against Kansas Lawmaker Dismissed 

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a conservative Democratic House member.

The commission concluded Wednesday that Representative Jan Pauls of Hutchinson didn't intend to violate the law when she failed to list a rental property she owns on annual financial disclosure forms.

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