Mixed Bag Regarding Kansas Economy
KSCB News - August 19, 2011 5:44 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A new report shows the Kansas unemployment
rate dropped slightly in July, but state officials offered a mixed
assessment of the economy.
The state Department of Labor reported Friday the seasonally
adjusted jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in July, down from 6.6
percent in June and 7 percent in July 2010.
The report also shows that Kansas had 400 fewer people employed
overall in July than a year earlier. But the state also had a net
gain of about 1,300 private-sector jobs over the year.
Those are small numbers, given the total Kansas labor force of
more than 1.3 million. Department officials said there’s danger of
a stagnant recovery, but they noted encouraging signs in some