The Wichita area unemployment rate dropped sharply to 6.0 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.
The report was all good news: The gains came because about 2,500 more people were actually working in April compared to March, for a total of about 284,900 people.
At the same time, the number of people who said they were unemployed, but searching for work was down about 2,000, to about 18,000. This means that about 500 people not actively searching for work in March were pulled into the job market in April.
The unemployment rate isn’t seasonally adjusted – corrected for typical seasonal ups and downs in employment – and April is usually a strong employment month, but it is the best April unemployment number since 2008.