The Wichita unemployment rate plunged to 5.1 percent in November, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.
That is down from 5.8 percent in October and 6 percent in September. It’s also better than the 6 percent rate in November 2012.
But the low number may say less about a rebounding job market and more about how the rate is put together.
The rate doesn’t factor out seasonal changes such as Christmas hiring. The number of people working jumped 2,000 from October to November.
The low rate also reflects that the number of the “unemployed” – those out of work who have looked for a job in the last month – continues to drop. Those who stop looking for work are no longer counted in the rate.