The Unemployment Rate of Kansas Remains the Same
The Kansas officials of the state Department of Labor stated in a latest report that the state’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.8 % in the month of March, 2011. It also experienced a meager loss in jobs and related issues over the previous year. The said unemployment rate though remained unchanged from January, was improved than March, 2010’s rate of 7%. The figures were mainly corrected to account for conventional, seasonal trends in hiring worker and professionals. There are about hundred thousand Kansans who were unemployed and seeking actively work in March. It is to be noted that the state had nearly one million people who were employed in March. This also indicated about 1% increase in jobs from February in the state.
The economy of Kansas State indicated signs of improvement according to the recent job reports from the state Department of Labor. Since last month, most industries and companies in the state announced increases in jobs and approximately half of them hired more people since last year. The state badly looked forward for a greater pace of job growth from the private sector. In the last few months, there was an increase in government jobs that were mostly in the local government. This was actually a good sign for unemployed Kansans. The figures given in the report published from March 2010 to March 2011 by the Department of Labor of Kansas reported a better job growth in social assistance and health-care, the education and health related services sector and manufacturing sector too. When compared to last years report, there were few hard-hit industries in Kansas such as leisure and hospitality sector, information services and financial sector which faced slight decline in jobs.
According to leading economist who studied the unemployment situation of Kansas stated that the present employment growth was positive to a certain extent but over-the-year employment growth is yet negative due to various reasons. Moreover the employment progress in the state of Kansas in the next couple of months seems to be more critical. The unemployment benefit claims by the unemployed persons did rise to a large number in March when compared to February of this year. On the other hand, county’s unemployment rates within Kansas were either better or similar than February’s indicated figures.
The state of Kansas had a good number of highly qualified professionals and experienced workers working in different fields. Every year a large group of qualified professional freshers also enter the open jobs market and give a stiff competition to the existing unemployed group. There is also good movement of migrants from the neighboring states who comes here seeking better jobs. This situation also adds more problems to the state as it is trying its level best to accommodate Kansans initially with appropriate jobs.