Wyandotte County unemployment rate declines to 6 percent; still highest in Kansas

The unemployment rate was 6 percent in Wyandotte County during October, down from 7 percent in September, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. It is still the highest county unemployment rate in the state.

The October figure also was down from one year ago, when unemployment was 7.7 percent in Wyandotte County.

Kansas City, Kan., had a 6.1 percent unemployment rate in October, which was the highest of all the largest cities in the state, according to KDOL figures. The second highest was Wichita, with 4.9 percent; and third was Leavenworth, with 4.8 percent. Labette County, including the Parsons, Kan., area, had a 5 percent unemployment rate.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for October was 4.4 percent. The unemployment rate declined statewide from 4.7 percent in September and 5.2 percent one year ago.

The Wyandotte County unemployment rate represents 4,183 persons who are unemployed.

Statewide, private sector jobs increased 1.2 percent since last year, according to KDOL. Since last month, private sector jobs increased .7 percent statewide, seasonally adjusted.

“Labor market conditions improved with record high employment and a 0.3 percentage point decrease in the unemployment rate from 4.7 percent in September to 4.4 percent in October,” said Efua Afful, labor economist, about the statewide figures. “With higher consumption capacity, we expect greater demand for goods and services with benefits for consumers and businesses.”

Yoder announces U.S. service academy nominations

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., today announced that 22 students in the 3rd District, which includes Johnson and Wyandotte counties, were nominated for a military academy appointment for fall 2015.

There were no Wyandotte County students on the list. All of the 22 nominees were from Johnson County.

Rep. Yoder will begin accepting applications, for the U.S. Service Academy class entering 2016, May 1, 2015. The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2015. For questions on the application process or to receive Rep. Yoder’s Academy Nomination Application packet contact Susan Metsker in Rep. Yoder’s Overland Park office at 913-621-0832 or visit the website, www.yoder.house.gov.

Man injured in rollover accident on I-435; other vehicle flees

A man is in the hospital after a rollover accident that happened when another vehicle cut him off on I-435 in Wyandotte County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a Chevy Trailblazer was northbound on I-435 in the far right lane just south of the Holliday Drive exit at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Witnesses at the scene said a noncontact vehicle was driving aggressively and swerved toward the Trailblazer as if to cut it off, the trooper’s report stated.

The driver of the Trailblazer, a 40-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan., swerved to the right and went off the roadway, according to the trooper’s report. The Trailblazer overturned multiple times before coming to rest upright, the report stated.

The noncontact vehicle then fled the scene, the trooper’s report stated. There was no information available about the make or model of the noncontact vehicle.

The driver of the Trailblazer was injured and taken to a hospital.