Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Still Has Good Jobs Numbers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Still Has Good Jobs Numbers

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Kansas unemployment remains at its lowest point in more than 10 years, but the state lost more than 3,000 jobs between May and June and has lost 4,000 compared to last June, according to preliminary monthly employment numbers released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor.

The state's unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in June, compared to 4.2 percent in June 2016, though the state lost 4,000 nonfarm jobs over that time. The unemployment rate has held at 3.7 percent since April, while the number of jobs slumped. Between May and June, the state lost 3,500 nonfarm jobs.

Labor economist Emilie Doerksen said in an email that the jobs and unemployment figures come from different surveys and that they are small changes.

Unemployment has fallen nationwide since last year . In June, the national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.9 percent in June 2016. Kansas is one of 27 states to see its unemployment rate fall significantly over that time.

Doerksen said the state's labor force participation rate hasn't changed significantly over the year. …

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