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Over the last five years, almost 15,000 workers disappeared from the Kansas workforce.

During the same timeframe, the state is growing economically, with a recent monthly report showing 14,000 jobs created in the last year and unemployment at 3.3%. That’s below the national rate. 

Despite the good news, Kansas officials see a long-term challenge: having enough employees to fill the state’s jobs, especially in high-demand careers like nursing and accounting.

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Adult education programs offered by Kansas’ colleges and school districts are increasingly bringing classes to workers where they already are: at work.

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Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican attorney general threatened to file a lawsuit.

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A Wichita-based employment program that serves young adults wants to expand its outreach through a new marketing campaign.

The Youth Employment Project (YEP) is trying to increase the number of participants as well as the employers that offer those young people their first job experience.

Keith Lawing with Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas says 180 employers are currently engaged with the Youth Employment Project, and he would like to add more.

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For refugees arriving in the U.S., getting a job is one of the most important – and pressing – steps toward self-sufficiency, and toward building a life in their new home.

A new partnership between St. Francis Migration Ministries and WSU Tech is helping refugees in the area start new careers.

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The latest employment forecast from Wichita State University predicts continued slow job growth in the Wichita area for 2018.

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) updated its fall 2017 forecast on Wednesday. It expects Wichita employment to increase by about 1,200 jobs this year, a growth rate of 0.4 percent. That’s similar to the initial forecast released in October.

Kansas saw a bump in job growth last month.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the state gained 2,000 private sector jobs from March to April. Compared to April of last year, Kansas had nearly 18,000 more jobs in the private sector.

Emilie Doerksen, with the Department of Labor, says there have been jumps in job categories such as business services, transportation and warehousing.

“This is actually the first month that we’ve had significant over-the-year gains in the private sector in over a year,” Doerksen says.

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The Workforce Alliance in Wichita is offering workshops and job fairs for youth, and also doing internship placement with various employers.

The Youth Employment Project is an opportunity for young adults to find work, especially through the summer. Angie Duntz, communications manager for Workforce Alliance, says the workshops offer basic information on essential skills and how to keep a job.

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The Kansas Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in the state dropped slightly last month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

The unemployment rate in Kansas was 4.4 percent in September, down from 4.6 percent in August. The labor department says the state gained more than 4,000 jobs last month.

Kansas' Economy Not Growing As Quickly As Nation's

Sep 27, 2013

Researchers at The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University say the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation as a whole.

Their report says the number of jobs in the state has grown one percent so far this year and isn't keeping up with the growth of the labor force. The jobless rate in Kansas rose to 5.9 percent in August.

The largest growth forecast for 2014 is expected to be in the service sectors. Education and health services are expected to add more than 4,200 jobs.

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