The Wichita-area unemployment rate rose in June to 7.9 percent from 7.6 percent in May.
The local unemployment rate isn't adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, so it tends to rise in the summer months as some workers are laid off over the summer and students look for work.
If the June rate is compared with June 2010, the news is better — the rate a year ago was 8.6 percent.
About 2,000 more people in the area were working last month than in June 2010, and 2,000 fewer people were looking for work.
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That's a far cry from employment levels seen in 2008, but it's still a good sign, said Malcolm Harris, an economist at Friends University.
"That's 13 straight months where it's better than a year ago," Harris said.
The monthly survey of employers, also released Friday, showed the job changes by sector.
The biggest gainer was business and professional services, with about 2,200 more jobs than June 2010. Harris said that's good news because it reflects a general pickup in business activity.
Included in that category, he said, are jobs filled by temporary agencies, which tend to become full-time positions as the recovery progresses.
Other sectors seeing gains were manufacturing with 600 jobs and transportation with 600 jobs.
The biggest losers were leisure and hospitality, down 1,000 jobs; government, down 600 jobs; and financial and information sectors, both down 400 jobs.
The state of Kansas was at 6.7 percent unemployment in June, 6.3 percent in May and 6.9 percent in June 2010.
Kansas part of Kansas City: 6.9 percent in June, 6.5 percent in May, 7.3 percent in June 2009.
Topeka: 7.0 percent, 6.6 percent, 6.7 percent.
Lawrence: 6.3 percent, 5.7 percent, 6.2 percent.
Manhattan: 5.4 percent, 5.3 percent, 6.0 percent.