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HomeKansas unemployment rate continues to creep upwardAnother month of job losses for Kansas.The state's unemployment rate went to 7 percent in June, compared to 6.9 percent in May.

A year ago, June's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.The state has shed 53,100 jobs in the past 12 months, a 3.8 percent decrease, according to the Kansas Department of Labor's monthly report.

The over-the-year losses hit manufacturing, professional and business services and construction particularly hardOf the state's metro areas, Wyandotte County is struggling with a 9.8 percent unemployment rate, with KCK specifically at 10.1 percent.

Wichita weighed in with a 8.5 percent unemployment rate.

The KC metro area as a whole (on the Kansas side) is at 7.3 percent.

Best in the state is college-town Manhattan, with a 4.6 percent jobless rate.City of Leavenworth is 10.1.Johnson County a relatively nice 6.5.Six counties â€" all rural â€" are posting jobless rates of more than 10 percent.Here's a silver lining: the construction industry saw an uptick in June with 2,400 new jobs â€" the second month in a row that sector has posted jobs gains.

It's likely a seasonal trend â€" better weather, longer days, more construction.

But hey.

It's still a gain.

We'll take it.And if you're looking for a job, you might want to consider two two sectors that continue to report modest gains.

The "other" sector is doing relatively well, reporting 900 new jobs over the year.

What kind of an education does one need to work in the growing "other" sector? It's a grab bag as you might expect, including repair and maintenance work, religious and grant making organizations and other service jobs not included in another category.The other sector reporting increases? Oil and gas, which created 500 new jobs so far this year.Now back to the bad news in the monthly report.

More than 25,700 Kansans filed initial unemployment claims, up from 20,260 last month and more than double the 10,006 in June 2008.A total of 242,395 Kansans filed continued claims in June, up from 193,746 last month and nearly three times the 85,721 in June of last year.Kansas Labor Secretary Jim Garner said the growth in joblessness shows the importance of the state's unemployment benefit system, which recently got an influx thanks to the federal stimulus package."We are currently paying out $16 to $17 million dollars a week in unemployment insurance benefits…" he said in a statement.

"On top of that we are also distributing over $4 million in Emergency Unemployment Compensation each week.

That is money that directly helps unemployed families pay for housing, food and other necessities."Submitted by David Klepper on July 17, 2009 - 9:10am.Kansas | login or register to post comments | 948 reads
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