The Kansas unemployment rate in November increased for the first time in six months to 5.6%. The rate in November 2019 was 3.1%, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the rate to a high of 11.9% in April (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)
The Kansas unemployment charge in November amplified for the 1st time in 6 months to 5.6%. The price in November 2019 was 3.1%, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the level to a substantial of 11.9% in April (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA — The unemployment
charge in Kansas jumped to 5.6% in November with additional than 86,000 individuals
jobless in the coronavirus-ruined overall economy and forward of expiration of
unique payment plans for men and women unable to perform, officials mentioned

Ryan Wright, secretary of
the Kansas Department of Labor, said the regular examination showed the
unemployment fee in Kansas elevated from the revised level of 5% in
October to 5.6% in November. In November 2019, the percentage of Kansans
on unemployment was 3.1%.

Following COVID-19 began to
influence the Kansas financial state, the jobless rate surged to 11.9% in April.
It gradually declined through the following six months with fees of 10% in
May, 7.5% in June, 7.2% in July, 6.9% in August, 5.9% in September and
5% in October.

The Kansas increase in
unemployment recorded in November occurred as three exclusive profit
applications were established to expire in December. The Prolonged Gains program,
which gives assist to individuals who ran out of regular unemployment
aid, expired Dec. 12.

“In addition, two
federally funded CARES Act packages, the Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance software and Pandemic Unexpected emergency Unemployment Compensation
software, are at present scheduled to close on December 26, unless of course Congress
functions to increase them,” Wright stated.

The preliminary report for
November from the state Division of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Studies indicated the amount of Kansas nonfarm careers fell by
2,900. The report stated the variety of personal-sector employment in Kansas was
diminished by 2,600 and federal government employment slipped 300 for the duration of the month.

“Nonfarm position advancement has
slowed,” claimed Emilie Doerksen, an economist at the condition labor
office. “In November, whole nonfarm careers declined by 2,900, with the
vast majority of this decrease in the leisure and hospitality and
specialist and company services industries.”

Because November 2019, a
time period motivated principally by organization and customer exercise throughout the
pandemic, the selection of total nonfarm work opportunities in Kansas has declined by
58,300. That work adjust mirrored a reduce of 45,800
personal-sector work opportunities and 12,500 federal government positions, officials reported.

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 decades. He coated the Capitol for 16 a long time at the Topeka Capital-Journal and beforehand worked for the Lawrence Journal-Planet and United Press Global.