The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Kansas rose slightly in March to 5.6 percent from 5.5 percent in February, but it was a small improvement over March 2012’s rate of 5.8 percent.
According to information from the state, the total number of Kansas jobs in March rose 3,300 from February, with 3,100 of those in the private sector. Sectors gaining the most were construction, and leisure and hospitality. The sector seeing the biggest loss was trade and transportation.
“Over the month the state did not gain as many jobs as usual, given the March seasonal pattern,” said Tyler Tenbrink, senior labor economist for the Kansas Department of Labor. “This muted tone was prevalent throughout the numbers, indicating a slowdown in momentum for the month.”