Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jobs in the U.S.

Over this past year, Governor Brownback has hosted seven summits focused on job creation in Kansas. “These summits will bring together stakeholders involved in the various engines of the Kansas economy to openly exchange ideas on what the state can do to help their industries grow and create jobs,” Governor Brownback said. Tonight, President Obama will address the nation regarding his plan to increase jobs. Many agencies study the economy and the employment situation. The President, Congress, state governors and state legislatures use the variety of tools these agencies create to develop policy, laws and regulations. Read on to see some of the tools used by Federal, state and local governments to track employment.


News release from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics on August’s employment:

Overview of the 2007-2009 Recession:

Current Monthly Employment Statistics (since 1981):

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Personal Income National data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis:

Job Openings and Labor Turnover (JOLTS) from the Department of Federal Reserve:

Update: President Obama's 9/8/2011 jobs speech to the joint Congressional session:


Indicators of the Kansas Economy by Kansas, Inc.:

Kansas Wage Survey:

Monthly Labor Report:

Annual State of Labor from the Secretary of Labor:

2010 Job Vacancies in Kansas Survey:

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Review: or

Kansas Occupational Outlook:

Kansas County Profile Reports (including 2010 employment statistics) from the University of Kansas’ Institute for Policy and Social Research:

County Wage Comparison tools from Wichita State’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research:

U.S. State and County Unemployment Rate Comparisons (graph) from the U.S. Department of Labor:

Article contact: Kim Harp

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