unemployment beneficiaries in KansasThere was an average of 15,466 unemployed people in the Wichita metropolitan area in the first quarter of 2015, approximately 49 percent of whom collected unemployment insurance benefits. In the first quarter of 2015 there were approximately 7,612 people, age 16 and over, who collected unemployment insurance benefits. That is an decrease of approximately 16 percent from the fourth quarter.

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In the first quarter of 2015, three industries accounted for 55.2 percent of unemployment insurance beneficiaries in the Wichita area; construction, manufacturing, and administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. Only two industries, construction and administrative and support and waste management and remediation services, had a proportionately high level of unemployment insurance, when compared to area employment. The level of unemployment insurance beneficiaries in the manufacturing industry is now proportionately lower when compared to area employment. 

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