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The Kansas Department of Labor provides workers and employers with information and services that are accurate and timely, efficient and effective, fair and impartial. Administered by employees that understand the value and importance of public service to their fellow Kansans.

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News and Alerts

USDOL Informs Kansas High Extended Unemployment Benefits Period Ending

USDOL Informs Kansas High Extended Unemployment Benefits Period Ending Eligible claimants can receive up to 13 weeks of benefits, rather than 20 weeks Topeka, Kansas - Due to economic growth and recovering unemployment rates in the state of Kansas, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) notified the state Friday Oct. 16, that it will remain on the 13-week Extended Benefits (EB) program for unemployed Kansans, but that the state has triggered off of the High Unemployment Period (HUP) under that program.

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Monthly Labor Report September 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for September 2020. Data collected for this report references the week including September 12th. Reopening decisions were transferred to local officials on May 26, 2020. Counties following the ‘Ad Astra Plan to Reopen Kansas’ moved to Phase 3 on June 8, 2020, with recommendations to remain in Phase 3 issued on July 6, 2020. Additional resources for affected workers and employers may be found at the Kansas Department of Labor’s website: www.dol.ks.gov and www.GetKansasBenefits.gov.
TOPEKA, Kan. – Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in September. This was a decrease from 6.9 percent in August and an increase from 3.1 percent in September 2019.

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KDOL Launches Effort to Stop Identity Theft-Related Unemployment Fraud

Topeka, KS - The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) today announced actions it is taking in an effort to combat the growing threat of identity theft. Kansas, like every other state, is seeing a historic increase in reports of fraudulent unemployment claims. To date, KDOL has prevented approximately 45,000 identity theft-related fraudulent claims from being paid out.

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Governor Laura Kelly Announces Kansas to Begin Processing Payments for the Lost Wage Assistance Program


TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced that Friday, October 2, the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) will begin accepting self-certification and processing payments to eligible unemployed workers under the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.

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Annual Benefit Charge Notices

The Annual Benefit Charge Notice mailing is delayed due to the pandemic. Benefit Charge Notice mailings should not reflect any charges related to COVID-19 per K.S.A. 44-710(c), a bill signed by Governor Kelly effective June 9, 2020. Our projected mailing date of notices  to Contributing Employers is in October. For Reimbursing or Rated Governmental entities, your notices are sent quarterly. Experience Rating Notices will follow the projected mailing timeframe of late November. 

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