Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jobless rate increases slightly

By The Herald Staff | 8/20/2014

TOPEKA — The Kansas jobless rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point from June to July, the Kansas Department of Labor announced Monday.

The state’s July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.6 percent in July 2013, but up from 4.8 percent in June 2014, the release said.

TOPEKA — The Kansas jobless rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point from June to July, the Kansas Department of Labor announced Monday.

The state’s July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.6 percent in July 2013, but up from 4.8 percent in June 2014, the release said.

Kansas gained 13,500 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.2 percent since 2013, and 13,800 nonfarm jobs, a 1 percent increase. Since June, Kansas gained 900 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, a 0.1 percent increase. The state gained 2,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs, a 0.2 percent increase since June.

Gov. Sam Brownback mentioned in a campaign ad that more Kansans make up the state’s workforce than ever before, and the state has seen an increase of 55,000 jobs during his tenure as governor.

Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon’s remarks mirrored the governor’s assertion.

“Several signs demonstrate continuing strength in the Kansas economy. We continue to see private sector job growth and low unemployment with the number of Kansans working at one of the highest levels in state history,” Gordon said.

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