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Kansas agency finds increase in job vacancies

Published on -9/5/2012, 2:13 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged 88,739 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee said the survey shows positive movement for unemployed workers who are looking for work.

The most vacancies were in the education and health services, followed by leisure and hospitality.

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