Kansas Sees Another Spike in Jobless Claims in November

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas experienced another spike in November in claims by jobless workers for their first unemployment benefits.

Those claims, about 16,000, were 67 percent higher than they were in November 2007. The state also saw a 67 percent increase in October, compared with October 2007.

The Department of Labor attributes the higher claims to the ongoing economic slump.

But it also says the Kansas economy is healthier than the national one. The state had slightly more people employed, about 1.4 million, in November than in November 2007.

The unemployment rate in November was 4.8 percent, up from 4.4 percent in October. The jobless rate in November 2007 was 3.8 percent.

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