The May unemployment rate for the Wichita area rose to 5.4 percent from 5.2 percent in April, but was down from 6.3 percent in May of 2013, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The rates are not seasonally adjusted.
Overall, the number of people working or seeking work, called the labor force, was up from April, usually considered a good sign for the economy because it means are more optimism about working.
The number of people working int he metro area rose 2,000 from the previous month to about 286,500, while the number of people unemployed but seeking work was up about 1,000 to about 16,500.
The Wichita metro area includes Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler and Sumner counties.
The unemployment rates in Kansas was 4.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted. In other Kansas cities, the rates were: Lawrence, 4.2 percent; Manhattan, 4.3 percent; Topeka, 4.9 percent; Kansas side of Kansas City, 5.0 percent.