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Department of Labor, Kansas

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The Department of Labor is an agency in Kansas.

The purpose of the Department of Labor (DOL), which was created in 2004, is to administer the state's Unemployment Insurance Program and process claims for unemployment benefits, operate the state's Workers Compensation system, and enforce the state's employment regulations, including wage and hour laws and child labor laws, as well as providing data on the state's employment.[1]

Budget

Budget information does not seem to be available on the DOL website, but can be accessed on the State of Kansas website.[2]

Expenditures by Program

Program FY 2010 Actual FY 2011 Governor's Estimate FY 2012 Base Budget FY 2012 Enhancement Package FY 2012 Governor's Recommendation
Administration & Support Svcs. 11,746,834 13,444,370 25,213,086 -- 25,213,086
Labor Market Information Services 1,768,213 1,793,212 1,806,109 -- 1,806,109
Unemployment Insurance Services 1,403,590,649 1,129,189,794 515,582,735 60,400 691,582,735
Industrial Safety & Health 1,989,304 2,122,258 2,173,988 45,300 2,173,988
Workers Compensation Services 8,108,635 8,893,006 9,194,328 45,300 9,194,328
Labor Relations & Emply. Stds. 725,041 749,700 767,501 -- 745,081
Debt Service & Capital Improvements 1,369,937 457,173 924,553 -- 924,553
Total Expenditures $1,429,298,613 $1,156,649,513 $555,662,300 $151,000 $731,639,880

Expenditures by Object

Object FY 2010 Actual FY 2011 Governor's Estimate FY 2012 Base Budget FY 2012 Enhancement Package FY 2012 Governor's Recommendation
Salaries and Wages 33,610,413 36,152,017 36,938,546 -- 36,916,126
Contractual Services 10,908,224 11,980,865 23,799,532 -- 23,799,532
Commodities 705,719 719,831 739,988 -- 739,988
Capital Outlay 833,517 849,135 872,909 151,000 872,909
Debt Service 112,995 116,542 105,890 -- 105,890
Subtotal: State Operations $46,170,868 $49,818,390 $62,456,865 $151,000 $62,434,445
Aid to Local Governments -- -- -- -- --
Other Assistance 1,381,286,183 1,105,886,423 491,779,790 -- 667,779,790
Subtotal: Operating Expenditures $1,427,457,051 $1,155,704,813 $554,236,655 $151,000 $730,214,235
Capital Improvements 1,256,942 340,631 818,663 -- 818,663
Total Reportable Expenditures $1,428,713,993 $1,156,045,444 555,055,318 $151,000 $731,032,898
Non-expense Items 584,620 604,069 606,982 -- 606,982
Total Expenditures by Object $1,429,298,613 $1,156,649,513 $555,662,300 $151,000 $731,639,880

Expenditures by Fund

Fund FY 2010 Actual FY 2011 Governor's Estimate FY 2012 Base Budget FY 2012 Enhancement Package FY 2012 Governor's Recommendation
State General Fund 453,981 441,578 448,409 -- 425,989
Water Plan Fund -- -- -- -- --
EDIF -- -- -- -- --
Children's Initiatives Fund -- -- -- -- --
Building Funds -- -- -- -- --
Other Funds 1,428,844,632 1,156,207,935 555,213,891 151,000 731,213,891
Total Expenditures by Fund $1,429,298,613 $1,156,649,513 $555,662,300 $151,000 $731,639,880

Governor's Recommended Budget for the Past Five Years (All Funding Sources)

Fiscal Year 2006 Fiscal Year 2007 Fiscal Year 2008 Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010
$412,637,013 $368,692,372 $317,513,291 $362,229,389 $402,709,389

Programs

The DOL provides services for jobseekers and employers. Through the DOL, unemployed workers can obtain information regarding unemployment insurance benefits, apply for benefits, and file weekly claims.[3] In April 2011, there were 17,296 initial claims filed for unemployment benefits, a decrease from the 18,480 initial claims filed in March 2011; as a comparison, there were 18,779 initial claims filed in April 2010. There were 199,138 continued claims in April 2011, compared to 222,071 in March 2011 and 271,270 in April 2010. Claims include Regular, Extended Benefit (EB) and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claims. EB and EUC benefits are federally funded through 2011.[4]

Job search resources are also offered by the Department of Labor.[5]

Services for employers include tax assistance, resources to post jobs and find employees, unemployment insurance information, wage reports, and unemployment statistics. Changes to business information such as mass layoffs, contact information and ownership can also be filed through the website.[6]

The department also administers the state's workers compensation (WC) benefits, providing general information, applications, and statistics.[7] WC expenditures are noted in the DOL Annual Report.[8]

Total FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007
Total Expenditures $4,505,012.60 $4,429,852.60 $4,961,976.09 $4,106,482.59

Information regarding workplace safety regulations[9] and Workplace Laws and Requirements is also available through the Department of Labor.[10], as well as such services as filing wage claims for employers and employees and reporting child labor abuse.

Current labor market information is also provided, including[11]

Transparency

General department contact information is provided but administrators and executive staff are not listed with individual contact information.[12]

Kansas Open Records Act information is provided.[13]

The department's 2010 Annual Report is posted.[8]

A means of reporting unemployment insurance and workers compensation fraud is provided.[14][15]

The department website does not have a search feature. It is also in the process of being updated as of May 26, 2011.

Unemployment

The DOL reported on May 20, 2011 that the state unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in April, down from March's rate of 6.8 percent. The rate in April 2010 was 7.1 percent.[16]

External links

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