State revenue, unemployment news improving

It was encouraging that state tax collections in September were $28 million more than expected. The August receipts had come in $14.9 million less than anticipated, putting the state in a budget hole even before Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts kick in. The unemployment rate is also improving slightly. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent in July and 6.7 percent in August 2011. However, part of the unemployment improvement was due to a decline of about 5,000 people in the Kansas labor force (most of whom were older than 55).