With the economy in the midst of a recession, unemployment rates are not getting any better. The January labor report shows the number of people out of work on the rise.
A Topeka economist says we're in a period of the year where there's a bump in unemployment...post holidays. Its certainly a challenge in the community.
Steve Jenkins, senior Vice President of the Economic development dept for Go Topeka says, "we're no different than the rest of the country we're in a very unique period of time where this great recession has been classified as over by the government we still have high unemployment.
Millions of americans are unemployed.
The latest report from the Kansas department of labor shows Kansas businesses lost more than 54 thousand jobs over the year.
The overall unemployment rate in Topeka rose to 7 point 3 ....up from 6 point 8 in December.
The January 2010 unemployment rate was 7 point 1 percent up from 6 point 2 percent in December and up from 6 point 3 percent in January 2009.