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Unemployment figures announced today showed a slight decline in the local unemployment rate.

Unemployment was 6.3 percent in Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County, according to figures from the Kansas Department of Labor. That compares to 7.1 percent in February 2015 and 7.3 percent for March 2014 for Wyandotte County.

Kansas City, Kan., tied with Junction City, Kan., for the highest unemployment rate of the larger cities in the state, according to the figures.

Wyandotte County had the third highest unemployment rate of all counties, with Neosho County at 7.6 percent and Linn County at 6.7 percent, according to statistics.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for March was 4.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, the same as last month, and slightly lower than 4.6 percent one year ago, according to the Department of Labor.

The Kansas secretary of labor said the rate shows a steady economy with high labor force participation from Kansas residents.

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Time Warner Cable is looking to hire more than 20 employees for full-time direct sales positions in the Kansas City, Mo., market.

“Time Warner Cable’s decision to expand is a win-win for Kansas City,” said Missouri State Rep. T.J. Berry, R-Kearney, Mo. “This announcement means new products and services for our residents, providing a boost to our local economy and most importantly, jobs for individuals looking for a career.”

“We are looking to grow our direct sales workforce in the Kansas City market to meet our customers’ needs,” said Steve Parker, director of direct sales at Time Warner Cable. “These positions have considerable earning potential, great benefits and opportunities for career growth.”

Company representatives will be on hand to interview qualified candidates for sales positions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kansas City, 10100 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kan. Time Warner Cable will not be available to meet with applicants who arrive at different dates or times than specified, a spokesman said.

Direct sales representatives will be responsible for door-to-door cable, internet, phone and security/home management sales to new customers. This will include contractual sales, collecting money, and installation of equipment as needed.

Representatives must be willing to travel and interact with customers on a face-to-face basis.

Job applicants should bring updated copies of their resume and dress in business appropriate attire.

More information about this sales opening can be found at http://bit.ly/1aq0XH0 and use requisition number 165524.

CertainTeed Corporation will expand its manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas, by creating more than 70 new jobs at its Kansas City, Kan., location during the next three years, according to a news release on the Kansas Department of Commerce website.

The building materials company has begun the process of re-engineering its K2 furnace and its related production lines at its Kansas City, Kan., plant with subsequent production of fiberglass insulation products slated to begin during the second quarter of 2015, according to the news release.

“As demand for insulation products has increased, CertainTeed and our parent company, Saint-Gobain, remain optimistic about the pace and future progress of the economic recovery,” said Greg Silvestri, president of CertainTeed Insulation. “We have every confidence that investing over $30 million to re-engineer the K2 furnace and restart its related production lines will give us greater flexibility in providing our customers with better service and the mix of high quality fiber glass insulation products to support their growing business needs.”

“It’s great news that CertainTeed has decided to expand its operations in Kansas City,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The company’s investment and plans to create good jobs in Kansas are signs of our state’s strong business environment.”

Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed is a leading manufacturer of building materials including roofing, siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, insulation, gypsum and ceiling products. CertainTeed has approximately 6,000 employees and 65 facilities throughout the United States and Canada, and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company.

“CertainTeed has a long history in Kansas City, Kansas, and we are excited about this new investment and job creation,” said Greg Kindle, president of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, in the news release. “This is another positive sign of growth in the community and for the insulation business as a whole.”

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