State unemployment rate climbing
TOPEKA — The state jobless rate increased, and officials say the situation is expected to worsen.
The Kansas unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in December, up from 4.8 percent from the previous month and 4 percent in December 2007.
In addition, initial claims for unemployment benefits in December were 37,482, more than double the 18,212 initial claims in December 2007.
"This month we see job losses in many areas of the state,” said Inayat Noormohmad, a labor economist with the Kansas Department of Labor.
“The sharp slowdown in the housing and financial sectors has caused a ‘ripple effect’ of job losses, impacting industries across the board. We expect to see additional losses in the months to come as this ‘ripple effect’ spreads,” Noormohmad said.
The Douglas County unemployment rate stood at 4 percent, while Topeka was at 5.3 percent, and the Kansas City-area, which includes Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte counties, was at 5.6 percent.