Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Unemployment Ticks Down, but State Also Loses Jobs

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Unemployment Ticks Down, but State Also Loses Jobs

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Kansas' unemployment rate ticked down slightly in April, but the state lost 3,700 jobs.

According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the unemployment rate stood at 3.8 percent in April, down from 3.9 percent in March and 4.2 percent a year ago. Non-farm jobs declined by 3,700 from March.

The Topeka metropolitan area has a 3.4 percent unemployment, lower than the state average, but still higher than Lawrence and Manhattan. Both of those areas have unemployment rates below 3 percent.

Kansas lost 3,000 private-sector jobs from the previous month, with the largest decreases in the leisure and hospitality sector.

In the Topeka area, the unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent in March, and 4.3 percent a year ago. The metropolitan area -- Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties -- had 409 more people employed in April than March, but the number of people in the labor force fell by 485. …

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