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March 9, 2009
By Kim Wilhelm (WICHITA, Kan.) Unemployed Kansans will get an additional $25 a week because of the federal economic stimulus package.  Food stamp benefits will also go up starting in April and continuing through the end of September of next year.  Currently, about 59,000 Kansans receive unemployment benefits. Justin Howdeshell owns Shadetree Lawn Service and put an ad in the paper looking for help.  Within two days, he's had three times the number of people apply as normal.
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by Sia Nyorkor and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 14, 2013
Kansans who are already struggling on unemployment will soon learn they won't be getting as much help. The Department of Labor says it will have to make cuts to the unemployment emergency compensation program. Kansas Labor officials say the "sequester" is the cause for these cuts and it could hit a lot of people hard. Starting March 31, people who receive emergency unemployment benefits will see nearly 11 percent less in their check. The news comes after President Obama signed the sequester into law, after the House and Senate couldn't come up with a new budget deal . Each person who receives the benefits will be sent a letter with a chart that shows their new revised payment.
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By Lauren Swanson and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 3, 2012
Unemployment benefits aren't just for people trying to make ends meet. A new report finds millionaires are collecting checks too. According to the Congressional Research Service, 2,840 millionaires collected unemployment insurance benefits in 2008, at the height of the recession. In 2009, that number dropped to about 2,300. The report looks at unemployment claims and annual incomes reported to the IRS. On average, millionaires who were unemployed collected about 37 weeks of benefits totaling just over $11,000.
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By Megan Strader and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 21, 2010
The U.S. Senate approves another extension for the millions of people out of work. That vote came Wednesday evening and still has to pass in the House of Representatives. It's an extension that allows laid-off aviation workers in Kansas to hold out for better jobs. For Phillip Burkenfeld, there's one plus to being out of work, he gets to spend a lot time with his daughter. But with the highs come the lows. "How many applications have I filled out online? More than I could ever count.
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By Cindy Klose | January 3, 2012
Did you notice more men at the cash register when you did your holiday shopping?   A new report says men are getting two-thirds of the jobs in the recovering economy, even the retailing jobs traditionally held by women. Economists say it's a sign of how difficult the job market is, men are in jobs you wouldn't expect them to take, and it's especially true as they lose unemployment benefits.  Read more about the trends here , in reporting by USA Today.
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March 22, 2010
By Ryan Johnson (WICHITA, Kan.) Governor Mark Parkinson put his signature on the Unemployment Insurance Bill Monday. The legislation will maintain unemployment benefits for the unemployed in Kansas as well as ease some of the financial burden on businesses. "This legislation is critical to Kansans during these difficult economic times, says Parkinson. "With this bill, businesses will receive the necessary relief in providing to the fund, while Kansans needing assistance will be able to maintain their benefits.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 4, 2012
Kansas has paid off its loan from the United States Treasury and lowered the amount of interest the state will owe in the future. The recession and high unemployment rates emptied the Trust Fund requiring the state to borrow money in order to pay unemployment benefits beginning in 2010. This week, Kansas was able to pay off this loan for the second time. The first payment was made in September 2011. Last year, the interest owed to the federal government was $4.6 million.
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April 16, 2010
By Roger Cornish (TOPEKA, Kan.) The Kansas Department of Labor is taking additional measures to detect unemployment insurance fraud with the creation of a new section on the department's website. The new unemployment fraud section allows anyone to report suspected fraud through an online submission form, a printable form or by calling the Fraud Investigations unit directly. Kansas law provides penalties to claimants and employers who commit unemployment fraud. If you believe someone is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, please report it immediately to KDOL's Fraud Investigations unit at www.dol.
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January 13, 2009
by Cliff Judy (WICHITA, Kan.) Eyewitness News has covered numerous unemployment stories recently and encountered many questions on being out of work.  Below is a list of commonly asked questions on unemployment in Kansas and links to where you can find more answers from the Kansas Department of Labor. How long can someone receive unemployment payments? 46 WEEKS In Kansas, unemployment payments last a max of 26 weeks (six months).  This could vary depending on how long you worked for your previous employer.
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by Pilar Pedraza and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 19, 2013
A computer software problem leaves some Kansans without an unemployment check.  And it could be another week before they get that money. Eyewitness News first found out about this problem when a viewer e-mailed us wondering what was going on.  So we began calling the Department of Labor to find out. "It's very, very important," said Crystal Whiting about getting an unemployment check on time.  She's one of many Kansans who has...
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by Lauren Seabrook and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | September 24, 2013
Hundreds of Spirit Aerosystems workers lost their jobs this year as the company fell into a financial crisis. A Wichita man feels many of them have been taken advantage of and tricked into a money crisis of their own. Arnold Dean tries to stay positive for his family as he wonders how he will pay the bills and keep his kids fed. Dean worked in Tulsa at Spirit for years but the company laid him off in March. He moved home to Wichita to live with family while unemployed. At the time, Dean took a severance package worth nearly two months salary with the stipulation that he would never work for Spirit again.
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by Pilar Pedraza and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 19, 2013
A computer software problem leaves some Kansans without an unemployment check.  And it could be another week before they get that money. Eyewitness News first found out about this problem when a viewer e-mailed us wondering what was going on.  So we began calling the Department of Labor to find out. "It's very, very important," said Crystal Whiting about getting an unemployment check on time.  She's one of many Kansans who has...
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by Sia Nyorkor and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 14, 2013
Kansans who are already struggling on unemployment will soon learn they won't be getting as much help. The Department of Labor says it will have to make cuts to the unemployment emergency compensation program. Kansas Labor officials say the "sequester" is the cause for these cuts and it could hit a lot of people hard. Starting March 31, people who receive emergency unemployment benefits will see nearly 11 percent less in their check. The news comes after President Obama signed the sequester into law, after the House and Senate couldn't come up with a new budget deal . Each person who receives the benefits will be sent a letter with a chart that shows their new revised payment.
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By Robert Marin and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | December 5, 2012
They went on strike, then the company shut down; now hundreds of workers in Emporia and Lenexa try to take the next step after the closing of Hostess Brands. A bankruptcy court approved Hostess' request to liquidate after a national strike by Baker's Union members. The liquidation left 700 Kansas workers unemployed. Now state and local agencies are teaming up to help them move forward. A series of sessions hosted by the Southeast Kansas Works organization started Monday in Emporia.
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By Lauren Swanson and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 3, 2012
Unemployment benefits aren't just for people trying to make ends meet. A new report finds millionaires are collecting checks too. According to the Congressional Research Service, 2,840 millionaires collected unemployment insurance benefits in 2008, at the height of the recession. In 2009, that number dropped to about 2,300. The report looks at unemployment claims and annual incomes reported to the IRS. On average, millionaires who were unemployed collected about 37 weeks of benefits totaling just over $11,000.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | May 4, 2012
Kansas has paid off its loan from the United States Treasury and lowered the amount of interest the state will owe in the future. The recession and high unemployment rates emptied the Trust Fund requiring the state to borrow money in order to pay unemployment benefits beginning in 2010. This week, Kansas was able to pay off this loan for the second time. The first payment was made in September 2011. Last year, the interest owed to the federal government was $4.6 million.
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By Cindy Klose | January 3, 2012
Did you notice more men at the cash register when you did your holiday shopping?   A new report says men are getting two-thirds of the jobs in the recovering economy, even the retailing jobs traditionally held by women. Economists say it's a sign of how difficult the job market is, men are in jobs you wouldn't expect them to take, and it's especially true as they lose unemployment benefits.  Read more about the trends here , in reporting by USA Today.
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by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | December 3, 2010
There's no easy answer, that's what a Wichita woman says as she learns her unemployment checks will stop this month.  She's one of two million Americans facing the cut off since Congress did not approve extending the benefits.  She received the news while learning more people are now out of work as well.  New numbers released Friday show 9.8% of Americans are unemployed. "I've been trying and trying and trying.  At this point I don't care what it is, as long as there's a pay check.
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By Kara Sewell and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 13, 2010
Vicki Hiebert spends a lot of time on the phone. Laid off last February, she says calling the Kansas Unemployment Center is her new full time job. "I'd start at seven-thirty in the morning, the last call I would make would be at five-fifteen," says Vicki Hiebert. Like thousands of Kansans, she's applying to extend her unemployment benefits. Congress approved the extension last month. But Vicki says she can't get through and her deadline has come and gone.
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By Megan Strader and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | July 21, 2010
The U.S. Senate approves another extension for the millions of people out of work. That vote came Wednesday evening and still has to pass in the House of Representatives. It's an extension that allows laid-off aviation workers in Kansas to hold out for better jobs. For Phillip Burkenfeld, there's one plus to being out of work, he gets to spend a lot time with his daughter. But with the highs come the lows. "How many applications have I filled out online? More than I could ever count.
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