FHSU'S Docking Institute prepares labor study for KDHR

HAYS, KS -- A labor study prepared by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University was released Wednesday, April 24, by the Kansas Department of Human Resources.

"The Kansas Labor Force Survey: The Available Labor Pool and Underemployment" was prepared from a research study of 2,723 adults living in Kansas between June 25, 2001, to Sept. 14, 2001, for the Labor Market Information Services of the Kansas Department of Human Resources (KDHR). The report updates the study released in January 1996 by the Institute for Public Policy and Business Research at the University of Kansas.

The goals of this survey were to assess the characteristics of the labor force in Kansas, gauge the extent of underemployment and assess worker availability for new job opportunities in Kansas and in KDHR's five local areas as defined by the Workforce Investment Act.

Among the study's findings are that nearly 44 percent of working Kansans would consider new employment opportunities given the right circumstances and, of that 44 percent, more than 35 percent have four-year college degrees or higher.

"The results of this survey can be used for a wide variety of things, from economic development to city and urban planning," said Richard Beyer, KDHR secretary. "This can be especially helpful to businesses looking to come to Kansas. It can show where an ample supply of labor would be, based on the type of work and skills required. It also reinforces that competitive wage and benefit packages are necessary to lure skilled workers into the available labor pool."

The study is available online at http://laborstats.hr.state.ks.us in PDF format, or by contacting the Labor Market Information Division at (785) 296-5058 or 401 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66603.

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