County-Level Unemployment

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Slate Magazine offers a very illuminating county-level nationwide interactive map which shows cumulative job losses (or gains) from January 2006 through February 2009, using the Department of Labor’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics (which lists Kansas with a 6.1% unemployment rate as of March 2009).

Sedgwick County, despite adversity, appears as a relative oasis on the map, with job gains of 8,894 jobs from January 2006 to January 2007, job gains of 3,039 jobs from January 2007 to January 2008, job gains of 1,468 from January 2008 to January 2009, and even a net gain of 296 jobs from February 2008 to February 2009. In sharp contrast, the nation as a whole shows net losses of 4,197,371 jobs during that last period alone.

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Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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