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The Kansas Department of Labor, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department for Children and Families are partnering to ensure that workers affected by the recent Boeing 737 MAX production halt, including workers for supply chain contractors and suppliers to the aviation industry, have a seamless transition to services that will provide a bridge until production begins again or other employment is found. In light of this, below is a list of available resources for businesses and/or employees that could be facing furloughs, layoffs or other reductions in workforce.

In addition to the State of Kansas resources listed below, KDOL is partnering with Air Capital Commitment and United Way to share information on state and local resources available to affected workers and businesses. Select either logo and go directly to their page.



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Employment Services
The state of Kansas offers employment services to bring together individuals seeking employment with employers seeking workers. Services can be accessed at any of the 25 KANSASWORKS workforce centers and include job search assistance, help getting job referrals and placement assistance for job seekers. Additionally, KANSASWORKS offers recruitment services to employers with job openings.

For more information, visit a local workforce center. Click here to view locations and contact information.

Wichita Workforce Center
2021 N. Amidon
Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 771-6800


Kansas Career Navigator
The Kansas Career Navigator website is a collaboration between the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Department of Labor, KansasWORKS, the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Governor's Office. The site displays high demand, high wage occupations near you, as well as opening forecasts, wage and more. Search available jobs in your area or learn about local college programs to propel your career.
https://kscareernav.gov/



Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $122.00 and $488.00 per week.  At this time, individuals can receive a maximum of 16 weeks of benefits.

In order to receive benefits, individuals must meet all eligibility requirements including being able and available for work and actively seeking work. Individuals receiving benefits may also be required to participate in services such as Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) or My (Re)Employment. Both of these programs strive to connect unemployment recipients with workforce service professionals in an effort to get unemployed Kansans back to work faster.

To learn how an employer can file an application for benefits on behalf of impacted employers, contact:

Maureen Reynolds
Employer Relations Administrator
Kansas Department of Labor
Maureen.Reynolds@ks.gov

or Visit
https://www.kansasemployer.gov/uitax/Tax/LayoffSelect.aspx

For general information about unemployment insurance benefits, visit www.getkansasbenefits.gov or call the Kansas Department of Labor at one of the following numbers:

Unemployment Contact Center:
Wichita: (316) 383-9947
Toll-Free: (800) 292-6333


Labor Market Information Services
The Kansas Labor Information Center (KLIC) is a powerful job search, career assessment and labor market information system. KLIC was specifically designed for job seekers, students, employers, training providers, workforce professionals and others seeking to explore local labor markets in Kansas.

Some helpful links found on the KLIC site:

  • 2019 Job Vacancy Survey
    This annual survey provides a snapshot of labor demand in the state and in each of the local areas based on a survey of Kansas employers. It provides valuable information regarding vacancies by industry and occupation, as well as the following details about vacancies: permanent/temporary and full-time/part-time status of vacancies, educational and experience requirements, average wage offers, benefits associated with vacancies, and information on if the vacancies are hard to fill.
  • Kansas High Demand, High Wage Occupations
    This contains several reports of occupations in Kansas that are in high demand statewide, and by local area. The high demand list considers current, 2-year, and 10-year projected employment demand. High demand-high wage occupations are high demand occupations with higher than statewide average wage.

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Shared Work Program
Businesses may use the Shared Work Program in lieu of a temporary, total layoff of employees. It allows for partial work week and partial unemployment benefits to employees. To participate, normal weekly work hours for employees must be reduced by 20% (no more than 40%) and apply to at least 10% of employees.

For more information, visit https://www.dol.ks.gov/employers/shared-work-program or email KDOL.SharedWork@ks.gov.


Rapid Response for Layoffs & KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Centers
If you are unable to retrain or participate in a shared work program and a layoff becomes necessary, KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers can provide your affected employees with Rapid Response information to aid in their transition – all at no cost to the employer or employee. In addition, Mobile Workforce Centers may be deployed to address high demand for workforce assistance due to mass layoffs, if needed. The Mobile Workforce Centers include eleven internet-ready computer stations to assist job candidates.

Find more KANSASWORKS locations and services HERE.

For more information contact:
Shelly Thompson
Rapid Response Coordinator
Kansas Department of Commerce
(785) 230-8158
shelly.thompson@ks.gov

Joe Walter
Mobile Center Manager
Kansas Department of Commerce
(785) 625-5654
joe.walter@ks.gov


Hiring Laid Off Workers & Layoff Aversion Retraining Funds

If your business is not facing a reduction in force and instead is seeking to increase workforce,KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers can assist with promotion of your positions to workers affected by layoffs in order to retain talented workforce in the region.

Funds may be available to retrain potentially affected employees into other job codes not impacted by a reduction in workforce.

For more information, contact:
Mary Anne Szczepanski
Sector Specialist Coordinator
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas
(316) 771-6638
mszczepanski@workforce-ks.com





News and Alerts

Multi-Employer Job Fair - February 13

The Wichita Workforce Center is holding a Multi-Employer Job Fair on Thursday, February 13. Occupations targeted include administrative, professional services and managerial positions. More information here.

Have you been impacted?

Have you been impacted by the recent layoffs? Your community is here to support you. Our organization is part of the Aerospace Task Force, a coalition that recently launched a web-page to help you find a job, training and education opportunities, community programs and more. Visit www.AirCapitaloftheWorld.com/commitment to use this one-stop resource. 

More here.

DCF Programs available to displaced workers


The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP provides free USDA commodities to households with income below 130% of the
federal poverty level.

Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP food assistance is a monthly benefit which allows individuals and families to
purchase food for themselves and their families.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF cash assistance provides a monthly benefit to low-income families with
children to help them pay for basic needs, including shelter, utilities, diapers and
transportation.

Child Care Assistance
Child care assistance provides a monthly benefit to working families to help pay all or part
of their child care expenses.

For more information, or to apply:

  • Wichita Service Center
    (316) 337-7000 ext. 7 or (316) 337-7225
  • El Dorado Service Center
    (316) 321-4200
  • Winfield Service Center
    (620) 221-6400
  • Pratt Service Center
    (620) 672-5955