Unemployment rate lowest ever in Kansas

Gov. Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas hit the lowest unemployment rate in the state’s recorded history, at 2.3%.

Unemployment continues to decline in the state, even as the unemployment rate nationally holds flat. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kansas has the sixth lowest unemployment rate in the country relative to other states.

“My administration has worked to ensure that every Kansan who wants a job, can have a job,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “I’m proud that we have achieved the lowest unemployment rate in our state’s history at 2.3%, over a full percentage point below the nation’s unemployment rate. We will continue breaking economic records by prioritizing job creation, business investment, and workforce development.”

Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services division of the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.3% in May, a decrease from 2.4% in April and a decrease from 3.4% this time last year. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the United States as a whole has remained at 3.6% for three consecutive months, a rate significantly higher than Kansas estimates.

Kansas began keeping records of monthly unemployment rates in January 1976.

Since the start of the Kelly administration, Kansas has secured 654 economic development projects worth $8,943,214,898.00 in capital investment and has retained and created 43,111 jobs.

According to Kansas Department of Labor statistics, the Wyandotte County unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in May 2022 as compared to 2.9 percent in April 2022. The May 2022 rate represents 2,525 persons who are unemployed. One year ago, in May 2021, the Wyandotte County unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.

The Kansas City, Kansas, unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in May 2022 as compared to 2.9 percent in April 2022. The May 2022 rate represents 2,349 persons who are unemployed. In May 2021, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in Kansas City, Kansas.

Virtual job fair planned Wednesday

A virtual job fair is planned Wednesday, April 20, by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Job seekers will have the opportunity to learn about job openings at the Commerce Department at the job fair, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20.

Job seekers will be able to chat with Commerce managers and the human resource team members. Job seekers also may participate in the virtual job fair through a computer, smart phone or tablet. Job candidates will be able to upload their resumes to a virtual job fair account prior to the event.

“The team at Kansas Commerce is changing the economic landscape in Kansas – companies are relocating to our state and expanding existing operations every day, bringing with them with high-paying jobs and new opportunities for Kansans,” Lt. Governor and Secretary David Toland said. “Our state continues to accumulate nationwide awards and accolades, and we want you to join us here at the best economic development agency in the country.”

Numerous statewide virtual job fairs have been presented since the pandemic began and are a safe way to successfully connect Kansas job seekers and employers, according to a spokesman.

The April 20 job fair will seek to fill the following open positions at Commerce: program manager for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; communications coordinator for the Marketing-Communications Division; deputy counsel for the Legal Division; community development specialist; and director of advanced technology in the Office of Innovation.

To register for the virtual job fair, visit https://app.premiervirtual.com/events/b22ab809-af5c-47a2-8dae-fe7a34a454fb/clone-kansas-dept-of-commerce-kansasworks-job-fair-april-20,-2022

Those who need assistance in creating a resume may contact their local workforce center at 877-509-6757.

KCKCC to hold Career Fair Thursday

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC public information manager

Looking for a new career? Want to learn more about the job opportunities available in Wyandotte County? Interested in gaining new skills to find your dream job? Then make plans to attend the KCKCC HireBlue Technical-Industrial Career Fair.

The fair is from 9 to 11 a.m. April 7 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave. in Kansas City Kansas. The career fair is open to all current KCKCC students, alumni and community members.

“We encourage students and community members to come join us and network with a wide variety of professionals to learn more about their job openings, benefits and application processes. For those who are still exploring, you can learn what possible educational paths are required for your dream job,” said Ana Lima, career services coordinator at KCKCC. “Participants can also learn about the financial aid and scholarships we offer here at KCKCC.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring an updated resume and dress professionally. They will have the opportunity to complete job applications, and in some instances, interview for jobs with companies at the career fair.

Employers attending the career fair include UPS, Cerner, Worlds of Fun, Unified Government WYCO, Sporting Kansas City, WaterOne, NorthStar Group, SPX Cooling Technologies, Chipotle, FedEx Ground, Husqvarna Construction Products, KDR Groups, Unified Government AmeriCorps VISTA Program, AdventHealth, Great Wolf Lodge, Garmin, Pinnacle, Labconco, Anthony Plumbing Heating Cooling and Electric, Seasonal Solutions, Tyson Food Inc., J.C. Penney Lenexa, Flowers Baking Co. of Lenexa, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Robert Half Talent Solutions, Merck Animal Health, Tension Corporation, Carpenter’s Union, Empire Candle Co., Nebraska Furniture Mart, Christian Brothers Automotive, Stericycle, Emergency Communications Center – KCKPD, Berry Companies, Inc. Great Clips, Full Service Chimney, American Dish Service, Young Sign Company, YESCO, Stryten Energy, KC Restoration, Jay Wolfe Acura, Engineered Air, Herzig Engineering, Baker Group, Johnson County, LBA Heating & Cooling, Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room Inc., Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society, Assisted Transportation, Olathe Health, HCA Healthcare, Chicken N’Pickle, Kansas Air National Guard and Workforce Partnership.