Archive for Monday, November 25, 2013

Leavenworth County unemployment rates dropping

November 25, 2013, 11:28 a.m.

Updated: November 25, 2013, 11:28 a.m.

Unemployment rates in Leavenworth County have gone down over the past two years, according to the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, which made a presentation to the Basehor Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Steve Jack, the LCDC executive director, said the unemployment rates for the county as a whole in August went from 6.8 percent in 2012 percent to 6.7 percent in 2013. Jack said the LCDC used August to compare the years because September and October numbers were delayed by the federal government shutdown last month. The 6.7 percent rate is significantly down from 8.1 percent the county recorded in 2011.

“Now, for the past two years, we’ve been trending in the right direction,” Jack said.

The city of Leavenworth currently has an 8.7 percent unemployment rate, Jack said. The LCDC, Jack said, was able to calculate that the other areas in the county, including Basehor, Tonganoxie, Lansing and other cities but excluding the city of Leavenworth, have an unemployment rate of 5 percent.

Jack said the downward unemployment trend is because of a significant increase in new business projects in the county. In 2011, the county recorded just 26 new business prospects. In 2012, that number reached 35 and as of November of this year, the county already has 41 new business prospects.

In other business at the chamber meeting:

• Chamber President Blake Waters announced that the chamber would give Corey Swisher, outgoing city clerk and two-year member of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, a plaque of appreciation. Swisher is moving to Montana to take an assistant city manager position.

• Mayor David Breuer said that the Wolf Creek Parkway extension project is complete. The project cost about $2.8 million but the new road will bring in new retail space and other benefits, Breuer said. The three-month project was completed almost one month ahead of schedule.

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