Homicide victims identified

Two homicide victims have been identified, according to Kansas City, Kan., police.

The victims were found June 19 in the 1200 block of Esplanade Avenue.

They were identified as Naythan T. Walton, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., and Lydell D. Irvin Jr., 25, of Kansas City, Kan.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Major Case Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Wyandotte County has highest unemployment rate in Kansas

Wyandotte County had the highest unemployment of any county in Kansas in the latest unemployment figures.

In Wyandotte County, a 7.8 percent unemployment rate was recorded for May. That is up from 6.6 percent in April. The May rate is the same as one year ago, 7.8 percent.

The Kansas Department of Labor released the unemployment figures this week.

Kansas City, Kan., had an unemployment rate of 8 percent, the highest of all the large cities in Kansas.

The 7.8 percent unemployed in Wyandotte County represents 5,513 persons, according to KDOL figures.

Sedgwick County, which has a 5.6 percent unemployment rate and includes Wichita, has 13,625 unemployed persons. Johnson County, with a 4.3 percent unemployment rate, has 12,986 unemployed persons, according to KDOL figures.

According to KDOL, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.8 percent was about the same as last month, and was down from 5.6 percent a year ago.

State officials said Kansas counted 5,459 persons who entered the labor force as employed in May, as compared to 398 people who entered the labor force as unemployed.

To see the county unemployment rates, visit https://klic.dol.ks.gov/admin/gsipub/htmlarea/uploads/LR%20F%20May2014%20-%20Comparison.pdf.