Contradiction? Fewer Unemployed in KC but More Homeless

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s unemployment rate improved to 7.8 percent in October, falling from 8.2 percent the month before, according to preliminary metro-area figures.

That’s the first time since December 2008 that the local jobless rate has been below 8 percent. In October 2010, Kansas City’s jobless rate was 8.7 percent.

For comparison, the unadjusted U.S. unemployment rate in October was 8.5 percent.
Kansas City, along with 280 other metro areas, out of 372 total, showed a decline in the unemployment rate in October from September. Fifteen saw no change and 76 saw increases.

Meanwhile, and on the flip side, the KC City Union Mission is seeing more homeless coming to them for their basic needs. They are attributing the spike to the poor economy.

FOX 4’s Katie Ferrell talked to those who work at the City Union Mission about the people they are helping.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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