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State’s unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent

  • Published Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.

Kansas’ unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, according to the state Department of Labor.

Figures released Thursday showed the November seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had dropped from 5.6 percent in October. The statewide rate for November 2012 was 5.5 percent, according to state officials.

Labor officials said Kansas gained 20,000 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs since November 2012 and 20,100 nonfarm jobs, a 1.5 percent increase.

Ten of the 11 major industries in Kansas reported growth over the last 12 months, according to a news release. Gains were greatest in professional and business services, which added 7,200 jobs. Financial activities increased by 3,000 with the majority of the increase in finance and insurance. There was no change in the number of government jobs for the year, according to the release.

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