Kansas’ unemployment rate rose slightly from January to February, going from 5.4 percent to 5.5 percent, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate for the state showed improvement over February 2013, when it was 5.9 percent.
The state gained 6,700 jobs in professional and business services sector in the one-year period, according to the data, and the manufacturing sector lost 4,600 jobs.
In the Wichita area, the number of jobs dropped by 0.6 percent from January to February, and showed a loss of 0.1 percent since February 2013.
The four-county metro area – Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner – showed a 5 percent loss in manufacturing jobs for the year, according to data on the labor department’s website.