Kansas's Troubled Trust Fund

Kansas was a trust fund success story until its employment rate doubled in 2009. Its reserves quickly dwindled, and the state has started borrowing. Kansas employers, on average, face a tax increase from $162 to $350 per employee, but state officials estimate borrowing of more than $700 million by the end of 2010.

This news application is no longer being updated as of February 3, 2011. The historical data is still accurate.

  Bankrupt and Borrowing: Kansas's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and Kansas is borrowing from the federal government.

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Borrowed Amount Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
$100.7m 6.7% $-34.4m $333.6 47.0%
National: 9% Rank: 27 of 51 Rank: 12 of 51 Rank: 9 of 51

Unemployment Reserves (millions)

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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.