Newest Labor Report Shows Kansas Jobs Dropped 2.6 Percent

By: Stephanie Ramos Email
By: Stephanie Ramos Email

TOPEKA, Kansas - According to January 2010 estimates, Kansas businesses lost 54,100 jobs over-the-year, a 4.0 percent decrease. Kansas business lost 34,200 jobs over-the-month in January, a 2.6 percent decrease. The Kansas Department of Labor released the report Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

Labor Economist Tyler Tenbrink said, "Although we continue to see job losses in Kansas, the drop in initial unemployment claim numbers from December to January indicates the rate at which people are losing jobs is slowing. Further review of the unemployment data for the past five months suggests a stabilizing trend in the Kansas job market. We’re seeing the rate of job loss moderating, but we have not seen job creation. We’ll be watching this activity closely over the next couple of months to see if this trend continues."

High job losses from December to January are typical, and the job losses from December 2009 to January 2010 are below the 10-year average of job losses in this time period.

The January 2010 unemployment rate was 7.1 percent, up from 6.2 percent in December and up from 6.3 percent in January 2009. The over-the-month increase can be attributed primarily to seasonal factors.

One of the 11 major industries in Kansas reported modest over-the-year job gains in January. These gains were in education and health services with an increase of 2,300 jobs, a 1.3 percent increase. The majority of gains were in health care services.

Most major industries reported statewide over-the-year losses. These losses were highest in the following areas:

Manufacturing lost 24,700 jobs over the year, a 13.7 percent decrease. The majority of losses in this industry were in durable goods manufacturing, specifically in aerospace production.

Professional and business services lost 12,100 jobs over the year, an 8.5 percent decrease. The majority of losses in this area were in administrative support services.

Trade, transportation and utilities lost 6,300 jobs over the year, a 2.4 percent decrease. Losses were widespread throughout the industry.

All major industries reported over-the-month job losses in January. These losses were highest in construction, government and trade, transportation and utilities.

There were 33,075 initial claims (Regular, Extended Benefit (EB), and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)) for unemployment benefits in January down from 36,216 initial claims in December 2009 and up from 29,094 in January 2009. There were 313,032 continued claims (Regular, EB, and EUC) in January down from 315,653 in December 2009 and up from 181,697 in January 2009 (EB benefits did not begin until September 2009).

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides information regarding changes to the geographic composition of the Metropolitan areas in Kansas from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Starting with January 2010 data, non-farm employment data will be available for the Manhattan MSA. This includes Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties.

Annually, monthly statistics (including non-farm employment and unemployment rates) from the past two years are revised according to standards set by the U.S. Department of Labor, to assure consistency of reporting among the states. Revisions of 2008 and 2009 Kansas nonfarm data have been completed and are available on the Kansas Department of Labor Web site, along with the revised 2009 civilian labor force data.

Governor Parkinson’s reaction to Kansas unemployment rate

“These numbers are discouraging; it’s clear that Kansas continues to reel from the effects of the national recession. While we remain below the national unemployment rate, there are still too many Kansans without a job.

“As the Legislature continues its work on the budget for 2011, we must do all we can to prevent the additional layoffs of school teachers, civil servants and parole officers. Stabilizing the state budget is an important part of getting our economy back on track. We need the Legislature to put politics aside and find the revenue we need to protect our schools, maintain our public safety and preserve critical services for our most vulnerable citizens.”

The February 2010 Labor Report will be released March 26, 2010.

More information on the report is posted here:

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