Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 4.4 Percent

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 4.4 Percent

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Kansas unemployment ticked up in September, up to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent a month ago.

The Kansas Department of Labor said the state lost 2,100 private sector jobs since August, with the largest drop coming in professional and business services. Over the past year, Kansas has lost 6,300 private sector jobs.

"In September there was an uptick in the unemployment rate for both Kansas and the U.S.," Emilie Doerksen, a labor economist with the agency, said in a statement. "In Kansas this was mainly due to an increase in the number of unemployed along with a slight decrease in the number of employed."

Shawnee County's unemployment rate was below the state average at 4 percent.

The number of seasonally-adjusted non-farm jobs increased over the last month in the Lawrence and Topeka metropolitan areas and decreased in the Wichita and Kansas City areas. …

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